Missouri River runoff remains above normal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers says runoff in the Missouri River reservoir system remains above normal, for the first time in nearly a decade.

The runoff was 123% of normal above Sioux City, Iowa. The corps says that as of July 1, there was enough water in the system to meet nearly all the needs of both upstream and downstream users. Navigation is a priority downstream, while recreation and wildlife are a focus upstream.

Jody Farhat, chief of the corps water management office in Omaha, Neb., says it's a relief to see a full river after years of drought.

The corps says storage peaked in the Missouri reservoirs in July at 57.9 million acre feet. The last time it was at that level was December 1999.

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