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MARYVILLE, MO (2011-07-21)
Missouri congressman Sam Graves joins a Missouri River working group in the US House.
Representatives are mirroring a similar group in the senate made up of lawmakers from multiple states along the Missouri River joining forces to investigate federal policy on the river's use. Garves joins 10 other representatives from 5 states on the House's Missouri River working group. He says the Missouri and Kansas delegation will be working together to make sure any changes in the river's management works for lower-basin communities. For years Graves has opposed the current plan that spends 73 million dollars on wildlife restoration on the Missouri, but only 6 million on operation and maintenance. Leaders in flooded communities say the current flooding is the result not just of natural runoff from this winter but mismanagement by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps says the extent of the precipitation this year was unnaturally high.
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