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Catfish getting nervous along the Missouri River

Updated: 2013-04-11T21:39:50Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

Gone fishin.’

Instead of just a-wishin’.

In a move Harold Ensley might resist, Rep. Sam Graves and three colleagues say the Army Corps of Engineers should stop worrying about protecting fish and wildlife on the Missouri River.

On Thursday, Graves and three other Missouri Republicans introduced legislation to remove fish and wildlife projects from the list of authorized river management endeavors the Corps can undertake.

Removing those projects, the House members said, would allow the Corps to focus more on flood control. Floods devastated part of the river basin in 2011.

“The Corps should not have to waste precious resources on building wildlife habitats, a duty they are not suited for and should not have to fulfill,” Graves said in a statement.

Under long-standing law, the Corps manages the river basin to prevent floods, provide a navigation channel, enhance recreation, and for five other purposes, including fish and wildlife protection.

The bill would remove fish and wildlife from that list.

Missouri Reps. Blaine Lutkemeyer, Vicky Hartzler, and Billy Long are also sponsors of the measure.

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