Missouri lawmakers seeks to halt Missouri River study

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Several members of Missouri's congressional delegation are pleading with colleagues to halt funding for a study about the Missouri River.

Sens. Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill were joined by Rep. Ike Skelton in a letter Wednesday urging the House and Senate appropriations committees to cancel funding for the study in the next budget.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already has scheduled about 30 public hearings to gather comments about the study.

The multiyear study is examining whether changes should be made in the 1944 law setting out the purposes for the river's dams and reservoirs. Those purposes include flood control, hydropower, water supply, irrigation, navigation, recreation, water quality, and fish and wildlife.

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