SD gov: Missouri River states can work together

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (DOO’-gahrd) says he believes all Missouri River states can find a way to work together on river issues.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad last week urged governors in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska to discuss forming a new group of downstream states. A letter he wrote indicates he believes the Army Corps of Engineers favors upstream states in its management of the river.

Upstream states want more river water for recreation, and downstream states want it for barge traffic.

Daugaard tells KCCR radio that he wasn’t aware of Branstad’s letter. But he thinks all states have much in common regarding the river. He says they’ve worked together on the response to this year’s flooding, and he believes that cooperative attitude can continue.


Information from: KCCR-AM,


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