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No rise for the Missouri River this month

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By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – Interest groups along the Missouri River say they're relieved that the Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to implement a spring rise on the river this month.

The Corps cancelled the rise because of low water levels in upstream reservoirs.

But Missouri Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Mike Wells said farmers are still worried about a second rise scheduled for May.

He said a lot can happen in the five days it takes for flows to travel from a South Dakota dam to Kansas City

"Between now and five days from now, we could have a front move through," Wells said. "The river can jump up eight or 10 feet overnight. So that water has already been released and you get a storm event. And that's what scares our farmers."

Environmentalists say the man-made rise is necessary to benefit the endangered pallid sturgeon.

The Corps of Engineers will measure storage levels on May 1 before deciding whether to implement the second release.

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