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Missouri River study funding stripped

By KTVM Staff
Published On: Jan 18 2014 01:46:59 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 18 2014 01:57:53 PM MST
Missouri River study funding cut
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer introduced the amendment that would prohibit funding for the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan amid concerns that environmental efforts are shifting the focus from flood protection.
    
The study was authorized in 2007 and was intended to culminate in a plan that would guide restoration and recovery efforts along the river. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent $16.6 million before funding was yanked after extensive flooding in 2011 led to a backlash against environmental projects.
    
Conservationists say ongoing defunding of the study is putting vital work on hold.