LINCOLN - Gov. Pete Ricketts says he and three other Midwestern governors in the Missouri River Basin are determined to push the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "change the way we're managing the river" following this year's devastating flooding.
A couple of 500-year floods in recent years argues strongly for "managing the river differently," Ricketts told a caller on his monthly radio call-in show this past week.
And so the governors of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas are working together to try to convince the Corps that it must reconsider how to "protect people and property" downstream from Gavins Point Dam as it makes its decisions in managing the river, Ricketts said.
Gavins Point is one of the big Missouri River dams in the Dakotas and the last one to release the river water that pours downstream.
"It's imperative we get some of these things done before March," Ricketts said.
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