Governors in the Missouri River basin met last summer as record flooding hit the region, a group that was formed at the call of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.
Most of the governors agreed flood control should be the top priority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in operating the river system.
Governor Heineman says the governors are still in contact, but they’re not as active as last year.
“We had a conversation a couple of weeks ago,” Heineman says. “At this time, no future meetings (are planned). It looks like we’ve got an opportunity this year that we won’t have a repeat of last year but we’re prepared to act if necessary. I think there may be one more meeting later in May up in North Dakota, just one final look at where we stand today.”
The governors’ group joins a similar one made up of the Congressional delegations from the basin, in asking the Corps of Engineers to modify its management of the river.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton