Congressional Hearing Planned on White River
WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) - Two Missouri congressmen say a U.S. House committee will host a public hearing in southern Missouri about a now-revoked designation for the White River watershed.
Congressmen Jason Smith and Billy Long were among those who expressed concern about the January designation of the White River as a National Blueway. The new program is meant to encourage conservation efforts, but some feared it could lead to new regulations.
The U.S. Interior Department revoked the designation earlier this month because of the backlash.
Smith and Long say the House Natural Resources Committee will conduct a hearing July 29 in West Plains to learn why the designation was imposed and how to avoid it in the future.
The White River watershed includes nearly 18 million acres in southern Missouri and Arkansas.