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BOND DISAPPOINTED ADMINISTRATION CHOOSES HABITAT EXPERIMENTATION OVER PEOPLE
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kit Bond today criticized the Administration for moving forward with the man-made spring rise – which is forcing additional water down the already flooded Missouri River.
“It’s disappointing that while Missourians are still struggling to recover the government would choose to send these communities another man-made flood,” said Bond.
In recent days Missouri was hit with severe flooding and storms, which has left 70 counties across the state as federal disaster areas. Bond appealed to the Corps of Engineers and directly to the President to cancel the man-made spring rise on the Missouri river.
Despite the floods and federal disaster declaration and Bond’s warning, at midnight last night the Administration triggered a man-made spring rise on the Missouri River, designed to encourage the mating habits of the pallid sturgeon fish.
Bond has been a long-time and vocal critic of the spring rise and has stressed the need for a river plan that balances the needs of environmental restoration with the needs of people.
“There may be may be enough flooding to satisfy the pallid sturgeon in recent days, but apparently never enough to satisfy the administration,” said Bond.