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Army Corps Works To Mitigate Effects of Drought

posted on October 22, 2004

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer says it is taking steps to offset the impacts of drought along the Missouri River.

Col. Jeff Bedey, the Corps' district commander in Omaha. Neb., says years of dry weather in the upper Missouri River basin have threatened water intakes, limited lake access, unearthed American Indian artifacts and human remains, and exposed additional shoreline to weeds.

Bedey says the Corps is working with government and tribal officials to monitor public water intakes, kill weeds, extend boat ramps, and protect cultural resources.

"The Corps understands the effects of this drought and is making every effort to minimize the impact of low water levels," Bedey said in a statement.

The Corps manages dams and reservoirs along the 2,341-mile river.

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