JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A lawsuit has been filed by the state of Missouri against several entities, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to halt a North Dakota project.

Officials believe a Missouri River water diversion project will have detrimental effects downstream, in Missouri. Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, announced, February 5, the project would affect nearly 2.5 million Missourians.

Attorney General spokesman, Chris Nuelle, says the impact study limited analysis of Missouri’s potential impact, to an unevaluated statement by the Corps, that Missouri would experience minimal impact.

The concerns in the suit are related to low-water flow times. The suit says river water is already depleted by an average of 5.05 million acre-feet per year by the present dam system, and that further diversion would have an effect on Missouri fisheries, power generation, municipal and industrial water supplies, commodities navigation, and preservation of wetlands and State Parks.