On Aug. 19 and again on Oct. 17, Governor Daugaard met with officials from the Corps of Engineers, together with other Missouri River Basin Governors to discuss future management of the river. Each of the states was significantly affected by the flood, and each of our states relies on the river for our economic well-being. The governors are working to find consensus on policies that will protect their states.
The Corps of Engineers will be holding a series of public meetings in eight cities throughout the Missouri River basin, beginning Oct. 24, to discuss the 2011-2012 draft Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System. The meetings are an opportunity for the public to meet directly with Corps officials and tell them what you would like to see changed in regard to management of the river. The meetings will also include a question and answer session.
The South Dakota meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Pierre at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. There will also be a meeting in Sioux City, Iowa, on Nov. 3 at the Holiday Inn Downtown. The meetings will be held at 7 p.m.
The draft plan is now available on the Water Management Division’s website at: http://www.nwd-mr.usace.army.mil/rcc/aop.html