Corps of Engineers Suspends Several Projects

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Wednesday, May 30 2007 May 30, 2007 Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:20:55 PM CDT May 30, 2007 in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - A threatened lawsuit from the state has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to suspend several projects on the Missouri River designed to restore fish habitat. Two of the projects are under construction and several more were being planned. But work has halted because the state's Clean Water Commission threatened to sue over the corps' plan to dump millions of tons of dirt into the river. Some of the projects require contractors to dump soil excavated from the side channels into the river. But the clean water commission and farmers oppose the dirt dumping, saying the bottomland soil is a valuable natural resource and carries nutrients that could pollute the river. The corps will conduct tests on the dirt to ensure it is safe to put in the river. It hopes to resume the projects by July first.

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