PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill was one of a handful of officials and residents who addressed the Corps of Engineers at a Tuesday meeting on the agency’s plan to operate the mainstem Missouri River reservoirs in the coming months. The meeting began with a rundown of the system’s current conditions from Kevin Grode-who leads the Omaha District’s Reservoir Regulation; Mike Swenson who oversees Power Production issues for the Corps-discussed expected results for authorized purposes this year and Jody Farhat, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division also addressed the attendees. Gill told those at the meeting that there has been a noticeable improvement in communication between the Corps and the states and communities that line the river. She says the Corps has also stepped up to help in recovery efforts; including with rebuilding the Causeway near Pierre.
Gill said that local citizens have been pushing forward to rebuild after the flood and believes that the lines of communication need to stay open to the Corps; to ensure that the agency doesn’t forget what happened to communities like Pierre and Fort Pierre last year.
Gill closed her comments to the Corps requesting that they treat smaller populated areas like central South Dakota the same as urban river cities.
The Corps continues its water management meetings today in Jefferson City and St. Joseph, Missouri. The meetings wrap up tomorrow in Sioux City, Iowa.
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