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News Brief - February 2001:

Corps of Engineers is abandoning and breaching Missouri River dikes

A veteran tow pilot is exposing federal obstruction of navigation on the Missouri River. According to Jesse Lybarger, who spent 14 years building stream bank stabilization structures and flood-control levees, the Corps of Engineers has been breaching the structures that protect stream banks, causing stream bank erosion that cuts into productive farmland and causing siltation of the river. The results, according to Mr. Lybarger, are increased agricultural flooding and shallows that choke navigation. In an exhaustive article in the Landowner in February, Mr. Lybarger points out that government agencies want to acquire land along the river for wildlife preserves, and that, when the river cuts across their land, farmers will become "willing sellers." Photographs and diagrams of the river channel in the Landowner explain erosion protection and navigational devices, making it clear how the Corps of Engineers brilliantly designed the channel structures to keep the river flowing deep and clear without dredging, while preventing flooding. Mr. Lybarger believes that the contentiousness between farmers, shippers and wildlife advocates is resolvable if only a cooperative spirit is revived.

(February 5, 2001)

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