The State Attorney General’s office has made its case to a federal judge in Minneapolis against changes the Army Corps of Engineers has implemented in how the Missouri River is managed. Joe Bindbeutel with the AG’s office says those dams and reservoirs were paid for by taxpayers from Missouri and the upstream states as well as across the country – although Missouri probably paid more than her fair share for how it’s being managed now. Bindbeutel argues the dams and reservoirs in the Dakotas and Montana were put in to help in river commerce and flood protection but the new master manual has changed the focus to the recreational interests of the upstream states in violation of the Flood Control Act passed in the 1940s. He expects the federal judge to hand down his decision in about a month.
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