Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the barge industry are imploring the federal government to keep water flowing on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers or face potential "economic disaster."
The drought has left many waterways at historic lows. Nixon sent a letter Friday urging the Army Corps of Engineers to rethink plans to reduce the amount of water released from the Missouri's upstream reservoir. That would also reduce flow on the Mississippi below St. Louis.
Nixon says the move could create an "economic disaster." Meanwhile, the American Waterways Operators and Waterways Council last week urged Congress and President Barack Obama to act to keep the water flowing.
The Corps said last week that the reduction is the first of several drought conservation measures necessary if drought conditions continue into 2013.
Most Popular Today
Sioux Falls Nail Salon Shut Down By SD Cosmetology Commission
- 2.General, Shops
Nail Salon's License Revoked
SD Unclaimed Property Fund Up To $65 Million
- 4.Retail & Restaurants
Sushi Restaurants Split Up Ownership
- 5.Retail & Restaurants
B & G Milky Way Ice Cream For Sale At Scheels IcePlex
Claims For Unclaimed Property Skyrocket
- 7.Retail & Restaurants
Black Friday Sales Start This Weekend
Target Brings Back iPad Trade-In Program
Man Selected To Lead Corn Palace Changes Mind
- 10.Meetings & Events
Top Costumes Of 2014