The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has responded to a letter sent by Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) asking for clarification regarding the USACE's day-to-day management practices and its current authority under the Master Manual to update release schedules.
"In light of recent legislative efforts to address the devastating flooding along the Missouri River last summer, I solicited input about water management practices along the Missouri River, and the need for Congressional action," said Smith. "The protection of life and property should be the foremost concern, and I am working to ensure a proper review is taking place.
"Brigadier General John McMahon clarified USACE does not need additional legislative authority from Congress to make necessary changes in water management and has outlined new efforts to better coordinate communication with stakeholders up and down the River.
"Having personally toured the devastated areas and been directly involved in ensuring relief to flood victims, I believe addressing the situation merits the utmost scrutiny. Seldom is more regulation the answer, and I am determined to allow science to guide federal policy. I am confident we can move forward together to find a balanced approach for managing river flows."