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Court Backs Army Corps Plan on Mo River

posted on August 19, 2005

Summer water levels on the Missouri River can continue to be kept high enough for barge shipping. A ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, upheld an earlier court decision in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' method of managing the river.

Environmental and conservation groups appealed the earlier ruling, wanting the court to uphold an order from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS ordered the Corps to raise spring waters and release less water in summer to encourage nesting and spawning and to protect habitat.

But downstream farming and shipping interests argued that changing the ebb-and-flow of the river would end barge shipping and cause flooding.

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