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PIERRE -- Eight governors have signed a resolution asking
the Army Corps of Engineers to do what it can feasibly and legally to
conserve water in the Missouri River reservoirs.
The resolution follows a Missouri River Summit convened by South
Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds in February. He proposed changing the barge
navigation season below Sioux City, Iowa to save water in the largest
and northernmost reservoirs, which are 20 feet to 30 feet below
normal elevation because of several years of drought and below-normal
runoff from mountain snowmelt.
Unable to agree on Rounds' proposal, governors or their
representatives agreed to draft a resolution calling for water
State officials realize minimal water is flowing into the Missouri
River from Montana, said Mark Johnston, Rounds' chief of staff.
Governors of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa,
Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri signed the resolution.
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