Common sense needed in river management situation

Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 11:57 AM
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  • I think that the corp and congress (both parties)for that matter have forgotten about the long term goal of food production for the world. Spending this type of money to rescue a fish that is being spawned at Blind Pony and not considering how we are going to feed the worlds population in the future. It is all fine and good to save the sturgon but is the sturgon more important than starving people in the third world? How about the children here in Saline County. Lets spend some of that restoration money on preserving soil to grow crops that can be sold to feed the children in this county that are food insecure. My gosh folks this is a no brainer. The corp is MORALLY bankrupt in these decisions. The money needs to go to help feed people. If not in the third world how about kids in this county. Too many people who live in ivory towers have there you know what up you know where! That is how I see it! DO I HEAR AN AMEN!

    -- Posted by salinemg on Tue, May 1, 2012, at 11:30 PM
  • Amen, saline mg.

    As I have said before, we are lucky to have Marcia to keep sheding light on this issue.

    Personally, I believe her stories regarding the Corps and their budgeting and decision making ought to be getting some kind of national attention by now.

    Wait, less than 2% of voters are farmers. I reckon unless we throw money around, there will be no attention.

    Anyway, that budget imbalance between habitat and maintenance makes no sense what-so-ever. I'm all for a little habitat creation, but from my chair it looks like those two numbers should be swapped.

    This is especially true when private land owners and levee districts must spend money to repair damage done by the Corps irresponsible practices when attempting to do what? Battle mother nature? Good one. Any farmer can tell you that when you get in a fight with her, you lose.

    How about you guys at the Corps adopt a "First Do No Harm" policy regarding your activities? Is that too much to ask for? I think not.

    I would think consideration of the overall impact on society would be a little wiser choice than the blind following of a course of action regardless of outcome.

    With government agencies operating in this manner it is no wonder most of us don't trust them any more.

    -- Posted by Smart Dog on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 9:57 AM
  • Thank you salinemg and Smart Dog for your comments.

    Both sides of the debate testified before the Missouri Clean Water Commission today. You can watch the testimony at

    -- Posted by Marcia Gorrell on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 10:41 PM
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