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Jan. 24, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

River Restoration Begins

The Army Corps of Engineers has started a multi-million dollar project for restoration along the Missouri River, but it's not being spent on flood control.

Instead, the 7.46 million dollar contract has been given to improve habitat for wildlife species like the pallid sturgeon that were displaced during last year's flooding. Excavation is now underway at the Dalbey Bottoms Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Site in Atchison County Missouri. The work is on one of 3 trenches planned about 10 miles south of Atchison near Walnut Creek. Critics have said the Corps has historically placed too much money on wildlife efforts rather than flood and river management. Last year the federal government earmarked 73 million dollars for habitat creation projects by the Army Corps of Engineers. 6 million were earmarked for levee maintenance along the Missouri from Sioux City Iowa to near St. Louis.