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July 12, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Graves River Management

Amid major flooding, another lawmaker is pledging to put the spotlight on the management of the Missouri River.

Congressman Sam Grave is offering two amendments to the energy and water appropriations bill, which provides funding for programs effecting the Missouri RIver. The first amendment by Graves intends to transfer a million dollars between two federal programs to be used for levee maintenance. Graves points out the Corps spends 73 million dollars on wildlife rehabilitation along the river, and 6 million to build and maintain levees. THe other amendment reaffirms that flood control and navigation are the priorities for the river. Earlier state senator Brad Lager said he would call for an inquiry on the river's management, and Missouri senators Blunt and McCaskill are meeting with other federal lawmakers this week to discuss the Corp's management fo the Missouri.