BOND: PRESIDENT SHOULD WEIGH NEEDS OF HABITAT EXPERIMENTATION WITH NEEDS OF PEOPLE

BOND: PRESIDENT SHOULD WEIGH NEEDS OF

HABITAT EXPERIMENTATION WITH NEEDS OF PEOPLE

Cancel Spring Rise, Don’t Risk Further Loss of Life, Property

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kit Bond today urged the President to cancel the ill-conceived plan to force additional water down the already flooded Missouri River.

Last week Missouri was hit with devastating floods and on Thursday, 70 counties across the state were declared federal disaster areas. Despite the floods and federal disaster declaration, the Administration has not cancelled plans to trigger a man-made spring rise on the Missouri River, designed to encourage spawning of the pallid sturgeon fish.

On Friday, Bond asked the Corps of Engineers to stop their spring rise plan. Today, Bond followed up with an appeal to the President, who he urged to weigh the needs of struggling Missourians with habitat experimentation and cancel the additional man-made flood.

Bond has been a long-time and vocal critic of the spring rise, a plan with dubious value to fish habitat is but very real to people. Bond continues to stress the need for a river plan that balances the needs of everyone who lives and works along the river including farmers and property owners.

“We already have a natural flood to test, so it makes no sense to have another flood, courtesy of our government,” said Bond.

The text of Bond’s letter to the President follows:

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March 24, 2008

The Honorable George W. Bush

President

The White House

Dear Mr. President,

Last week Missouri was hit with devastating floods that ruined homes, damaged farm land and took the lives of people and animals. Your Administration has already declared a major disaster for the State of Missouri.

Given this flooding event, I do not see what good an additional man-made flood would do for the mating habits of the pallid sturgeon. With levees weakened, if not breached, the spring rise would risk further property damage, if not additional loss of life. Does the Administration want to elevate the risk already faced by creating another flood?

Perhaps it is time to weigh the needs of struggling Missourians against the value of habitat experimentation. I urge you to cancel the 2008 spring rise.

Sincerely,

Christopher S. Bond