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Corps moves ahead with spring rise on Missouri River

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – Though state officials tried to stop it, the Army Corps of Engineers is going ahead with a two-day release of water into the Missouri River from an upstream reservoir.

The corps usually releases extra water in March and May, to help the endangered pallid sturgeon spawn.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon lost two attempts in federal court Tuesday to stop the annual spring rise.

He argued the extra water would worsen flooding in Missouri.

But Larry Cieslik, who heads the Corps' water management office in Omaha, said the Missouri River will be well below flood stage by the time the water moves downstream.

Tuesday afternoon U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton ruled against the state. Nixon filed an appeal, but lost there as well.

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