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Missouri Senate opposes Army Corps of Engineers' spring rise

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A non-binding resolution opposing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' annual release of dammed-up waters into the Missouri River has been filed in the State Senate.

It's sponsored by Senate President Pro-tem and Republican Attorney General Candidate Michael Gibbons (R, Kirkwood).

"It's a manufactured flood...it was pretty devastating last year, (and) we would expect it to be pretty devastating this year with the amount of rainfall we've had," Gibbons said.

A vote on the resolution has not yet been scheduled.

"This is just not the time that we need to be doing a man-made flooding effort at the expense of a lot of people," Gibbons said.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in St. Louis refused to issue a restraining order against the Army Corps of Engineers, in an effort by the state to block the annual spring rise.

The rise is designed to encourage the spawning of an endangered fish.

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