PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Governors from states along the Missouri River and officials with the Corps of Engineers are expected to meet in Bismarck, North Dakota next week for what will be the third gathering between the groups on the flooding of 2011. Several river-state governors met with Corps officials in August and October of last year in Omaha, Nebraska to hold flood-related discussions. Governor Dennis Daugaard says the meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23 will be hosted by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and will be similar to those held last year. He says he expects the Governors will hold their own separate meeting before speaking with the Corps.
Daugaard says as reconstruction work is underway along the river to recover from the flood, conversation must continue with the Corps. He says there should be better ways to monitor plains snowpack and more accurately pinpoint the amount of runoff that can be expected in the river system each year.
Daugaard says the goal of the meetings is to keep lines of communication open between states and the Corps.
Last year, the Governors of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming formed a working group to coordinate and address Missouri River flooding issues.
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