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Governor Parson: Basin States Need to Speak With Unified Voice on Missouri River Management

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River through the Master Manual, a 432-page document that lays out eight congressionally authorized purposes: flood control, river navigation, hydroelectric power, irrigation, water supply, water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife (including preservation of endangered species).

Congress authorized flood control and navigation as the dominant project purposes for the Missouri River system. However, during a 2004 update of the Master Manual, the Corps shifted the prioritization of these purposes to hold water higher in the reservoir system to benefit fisheries – an action that effectively reduced flood control.

For decades, the State of Missouri has strongly argued flood control must be the Corps’ top priority and that reducing flood impacts is the dominant project purpose that Congress authorized to guide the Corps’ management of the Missouri River. The Midwest is now bearing witness to the devastating results when those eight purposes are not appropriately prioritized.

The Corps maintains one of the nation’s largest flood control systems on the Missouri river main-stem, but the devastating flooding we are experiencing and the previous record 2011 flooding have demonstrated the current system is insufficient to protect us. The majority of the runoff causing the flooding in the Missouri River basin this week came either from unregulated tributaries to the Missouri River without a Corps reservoir or in tributaries to the Corps’ most downstream reservoir, Lewis and Clark Reservoir above Gavins Point Dam – a reservoir with very little flood storage. The Corps should be considering expanding Lewis and Clark Reservoir, adding more flood control reservoirs on the tributaries in the lower Missouri River, or implementing other strategies to expand flood storage, instead of being distracted by protracted debates about endangered species.


PSC Sets Intervention Deadline In Ameren Missouri Electric Fuel And Purchased Power Adjustment Charg

JEFFERSON CITY---Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust the fuel and purchased power adjustment charge (FAC) on the bills of its electric customers.

Ameren Missouri has made two filings. In its first filing (Case No. ER-2019-0287), Ameren Missouri proposes to adjust the FAC to reflect changes in its fuel and purchased power costs, net off-system sales revenues and associated transportation experienced during the four month period of October 2018 through January 2019. The second case is Ameren Missouri’s true-up filing (Case No.EO-2019-0289).

As a result of these two filings, the FAC for a residential customer using 1,015 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month would change from a current refund of approximately $0.19 a month to a refund of approximately $1.79 a month. The proposed change would take effect on May 24, 2019.

Applications to intervene and participate in these cases must be filed no later than April 5,
2019, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov.


Rain adds to flooding problems in central, eastern Missouri

Rain is adding to flooding problems in central and eastern Missouri even as waters recede in the northwest part of the state.

The rain that began falling Thursday was expected to continue through Saturday, causing a second surge in some areas. In Hermann, the second crest Sunday was expected to be slightly higher than the first. Cropland and parts of the Katy Trail are flooding.

In the eastern Missouri town of St. Peters, a tributary of the also swollen Mississippi River reached historic levels Friday, flooding some homes. In St. Louis, where the Mississippi is expected to crest next Tuesday, crews have closed floodgates.


Missouri House advances plan for $100M for roads, bridges

JEFFERSON CITY — The Republican-led Missouri House on Tuesday advanced a $100 million spending plan for roads and bridges that one Democrat said would mean “paving our roads on the backs of higher education.”

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith’s proposal is unusual because it draws from un-earmarked general tax revenue. Road and bridge work has previously been funded primarily through the state’s gas tax, federal funding and fees.

During Tuesday’s debate, several Democrats criticized the plan for taking money from the same pot that’s used to pay for services like public education, public defenders and care for people with developmental disabilities.

“We’re taking this money and literally paving our roads on the backs of higher education,” Democratic Rep. Greg Razer of Kansas City said.

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