Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blunt hopeful about Missouri River working group

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is optimistic that the first meeting of the Missouri River working group will bring common ground for both the northern and southern basins of the Missouri river.

The group is spearheaded by Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt and North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven.

While Senator Blunt says he is not positive any new plans will come out of the first meeting, he is hopeful the meeting will illustrate a newly formed common ground deposited by the unprecedented flooding.

“And you know, this working group is to see how much work we can do together. And I’m optimistic that will be a significantly different discussion, than the discussions of the past decade of so, on the river,” Blunt said.

Senator Blunt says historically there has been little to no consensus between those states in the northern and southern basins of the river.

However, he is now hopeful the unprecedented flooding in the northern basin will allow them to understand the problems the southern basin incurs every year.

Tim Filla, KRCU


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