Governors demand more say in Missouri River management

Officials from Nebraska and seven other states that have been hit by Missouri River flooding this year are meeting in Omaha today.
The governors from states in the Missouri River basin want “more direct involvement” in flood management decisions. Critics have questioned decisions made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Some suggest recreation issues in federal reservoirs upstream carry too much weight in the Corps of Engineers management plan for the river.
The governors want the Corps to make “flood control” a higher priority. The governors of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming have formed a permanent “working group” to focus on Missouri River issues.
The governors are asking congress to ensure there is an “independent review” of the Army Corps of Engineers.
The governors want investigators to determine if there were other steps the Corps could have taken to avoid the level of Missouri River flooding that struck the basin this year.