The chute was cut into the river bend several years ago.

Time to submit comments regarding the Jamison Island project is coming to a close this weekend (June30).  Chairman of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association Tom Waters says the full scope of proposed work involves three plans.  The first step would build an inlet at the upper end of the chute to control the amount of water draining from the river…

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The Corps plan would also solve a problem on the other end.

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The final phase would create a diversion to cause the water to flow through the new outlet.  While the agriculture community would like to see the corrections made, Waters says the key issue deals with the Corps plan to….

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The current proposal would extend the lower end of the chute into the curve of the river.

The debate revolves around the apparent double standard established between the Corps and anyone else who lives or works along the waterway.

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4-billion.   Steve Fischer is the Senior Program Manager for the Missouri River Recovery Program.  He says dumping the soil should not be a contintious issue because water’s particle content is lower than it should be…

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Which leads to implications both up and down stream…

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In fact Fischer says the need for that sediment has the Corps considering other options…

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At the end of the Mississippi River is the centerpiece of the debate.  The hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico has also been an ongoing issue with much of the blame for the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico falling on the backs of the agriculture community.  Environmental groups blame agriculture chemicals for the problem.

The ground that is home to the Jamison Island Project was used for agricultural purposes until the 1993 flood.

Comments may be sent to the Missouri Clean Water Commission at:  Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102, and to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, 700 Federal Building, 601 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106.