Jameson Island Battle Continues

| January 17, 2013
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The current proposal would extend the lower end of the chute into the curve of the river.

The Jamison Island Project on the Missouri River is in limbo once again.  Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison talk with Chairman of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association.

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During a January meeting the Department of Natural Resources withdrew a certification that gave the Army Corps of Engineers the go-ahead to re-configure the outlet of the river chute.  Chairman of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, Tom Waters says everything came to a head at the last Missouri Clean Water Commission meeting…

“D.N.R. recommended to the commission that they withdraw their draft certification for the public notice on Jamison Island which would allow the corps to move forward.  After some discussion then, one of the commissioners moved to allow the Corps to go ahead and do the project.  Then there was a long discussion after that and ultimately that motion failed.”

Waters says the project is now in a holding pattern.

“We’re kind of uncertain what happens next.”

With that vote Waters says C.W.C. told the Corps “they couldn’t do the project that they wanted to do so I think the Corps going to have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan that’s better suited and better for the river.”

The problem revolves around a previously constructed water chute on the Mighty Mo.  The area was dug up to create a shallow water habitat for the Pallid Sturgeon, an endangered fish species.  According to Waters, currents from the water outlet are eroding the levee across the river.  The plan is to extend the chute several hundred yards downstream to place the mouth at a better location.  At issue is what to do with the soil dug up from the extension.  The Army Corps of Engineers plan would dump the soil into the river.  Opponents want to avoid sending those nutrients and any waste downstream and instead want the sediment scattered and reseeded on neighboring land.

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