Noem and Other Upper Basin House Members Request Hearing on Corps’ Surplus Water Plan

Brad Lawrence and Kristi Noem at Meeting at Ramkota August 27,2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Three U.S. Representatives from upper Missouri River states are requesting a federal hearing to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to charge fees for stored water in the Missouri River upper basin state reservoirs. Representatives Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Rick Berg of North Dakota and Denny Rehberg of Montana-all Republicans-sent a letter to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica and Ranking Member Nick Rahall requesting the hearing. Noem attended a public meeting Monday at the Ramkota in Pierre where she and other audience members expressed frustration over the Corps’ plan to charge a federal fee for the use of river water. The Congress members stated in their letter that they believe the proposal contradicts the legal and historical precedents surrounding the main stem dam system on the Missouri. Because of that, they say they would like to have a hearing scheduled to review the Corps’ proposal.

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