When the Corp of Engineers was the topic during the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, different members of the audience complained that the focus of the Corp has turned toward environmental concerns away from helping farmers and other businesses.
Mindy Ward, Missouri Farmer Today reporter, quoted Tom Waters, president of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, as saying, “They spend $72 million on birds and fish and $6 million on operation management.”
Waters’ complaint was that protecting endangered species of fish and birds is more important than protecting humans and their livelihood. In his point of view, Waters concluded that the investment in protecting two endangered bird species made them “6.8 times the value of gold.”
Randy Asbury, executive director of the Coalition to Protect the Missouri River, also confronted Brigadier General John McMahon, commander of the Corps’ Northwestern Division, during the conference.
Complaints about the Corp have surfaced because of the exceedingly long flood by the river in 2011 and the worry that the Corp is not as concerned as it should be about restoring and implementing new flood control measures.
The full article from the Missouri Farmer can be read by clicking here.