Missouri’s drought conditions are expected to continue through at least December, and that means lawmakers in Jefferson City could consider drought relief policies in the upcoming legislative session.

State Rep. Mike Haffner, R-Pleasant Hill, told Missourinet that things are already being worked out at the federal level.

“There has been some talks going on with some of the other states, especially in places like Colorado, California, that they want access to some of the water that’s available here within the state of Missouri,” Haffner said. “We want to be very careful of that. We’re working with the Congressional Delegation in Washington D.C. to make sure that Missouri is protected.”

He is the co-chair of the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Agriculture and has heard from the Department of Natural Resources about low water levels on the Mississippi River.

“There’s already some things that are being done at the federal level,” he added. “We want to be very cautious and take care of the water supply here in the state of Missouri. We’re very fortunate with the aquifers that we have available to us.”

He wants to work with the state’s Congressional Delegation to ensure water is protected in the state, especially because levels on the Mississippi River near St. Louis are so low. The river’s stage level is being lowered even more to help move crops along the river.

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