(Updated at 3:39 p.m., February 20)
Missouri senators passed a resolution to block the federal government's proposed changes in tourist restrictions at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The resolution passed on a 23-8 vote on Thursday and now heads to the House.
Updated 2:40 p.m. Jan. 22:
The National Park Service is holding the last public meeting on its proposed management plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways tonight in Kirkwood. See below for more details.
Updated 3:10 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. Jan. 7:
A statewide coalition of environmental organizations is urging the National Park Service to protect Ozark rivers.
Representatives of the groups were in Washington, D.C., today meeting with the Park Service.
They submitted more than 4,400 signed petitions asking the federal agency to adopt a strong management plan for the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork.
Updated at 6:10 pm to add Congresswoman Emerson's response.
A national river quality organization has listed Missouri's Current River as a victim of over-use, and one of the most endangered rivers in America.
The report by American Rivers shows that in 1984 the Current River in the Ozark Riverways Scenic Park had only 13 access points.
Today, there are more than 130, leading to erosion, pollution and overuse.
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