The fight over how the Missouri River will be managed could be coming soon to a court near you. State Attorney General Jay Nixon is gearing up for a fight to keep the US Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the new master manual for management of the Missouri River. Nixon says provisions of the new plan violate the Flood Control Act of 1944 – the law that called for the building of the reservoirsystem on the Missouri. Nixon maintains it’s there to help effectively manage a constant level on the river, and not the extreme low flows and possible man-made floods in the spring done for the benefit of some endangered species. He says the fact the comment period on this has been shortened to just a couple of weeks might make it even more prone to legal action to prevent the implementation. Nixon stillbelieves a solution can be worked out that will serve both the environmental and business interests on the river.
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