Paul Boyd, with the Corps’ Omaha office, says the new bill lets the agency combine all of the past studies of silt troubles with the lake.
Boyd says, “What an 1179 project would do is finally allow us to put together all of these little studies that have been done for the last 30-plus years and say is there a combination of management options here that makes a positive impact on the life of the reservoir.”
To be successful, Boyd says the plan has to show the economic and environmental benefits outweigh the costs.
“How long are we going to get that benefit? Is it 50 years? Is it 100 years?” Boyd asks. “What do we need to spend now to preserve the benefits for not just next year but for my grandchildren?”
Boyd says there could be an actual plan in the next year or two.
“I know everybody is frustrated,” Boyd says. “We’ve been talking for 30 years. I am very sympathetic to that, but we’ve got something here that might take another step. They’re all incremental steps but this is another step forward.”
About five-million tons of sand and mud flow into Lewis and Clark Lake each year and it’s slowly turning the lake’s western end into a slough.
Boyd made a presentation at the recent meeting of the Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition in Niobrara.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton