Blunt, McCaskill, Other Senators Ask Obama for “River Emergency”

Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill are trying to crank up the pressure to get more water into the Missouri and Mississippi River.
The two Missouri Senators, along with 11 others, want the White House to issue an emergency order.
“We support an emergency directive to permit additional water flows from Missouri River reservoirs to maintain navigation on the Mississippi”, the Senators state in a letter to the White House.
The letter was signed by 11 other members;including Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, Senators Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Boozman (Ark.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Al Franken (Minn.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), David Vitter (La.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.).
The Army Corp of Engingeers is reducing the water released into the Missouri River from resevoirs in the Great Plains states.
Upper Missouri baisin states say they need to hold back the water to offset the impact of the drought.
The Lower Missouri and Mississippi basin Senators are worried the water levels downstream will drop so low barge navigation will have to stop.
The Senators say cargo worth more than $7 billion, including 300 million bushels of crops, could be delayed.
The letter says the water levels pose a “potentially large negative impact of this looming disaster” on agribusiness in the Midwest.


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