Missouri Congressman Sam Graves will host a field hearing of the Small Business Committee that he heads at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph.
Graves wants to know if management of the Missouri River is meeting the needs of small businesses.
The Army Corps of Engineers is the federal agency authorized to operate and manage the Missouri River System for the purposes of flood control, irrigation, water supply, power, navigation, protecting water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife.
The purpose of the hearing is to hear from small businesses regarding which authorized purposes are most important to their economic well-being, as well as solicit their input on whether changes to federal statutes governing river management practices are needed to maximize the river’s potential economic benefits.
“The Missouri River is a tremendous resource and economic driver for the entire region,” Graves said. “Yet the consequences of poor management, floods, and problems navigating the river can be devastating to communities and local small businesses.
“The fact of the matter is, the Army Corps of Engineers is tasked with balancing too many competing priorities, often at the expense of economic growth. By hearing from small businesses that rely upon a well-managed river for their survival, we can better determine what steps must be taken in realigning the Corps' priorities to better serve the economic well-being of communities throughout Northwest Missouri.”
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The event will be at the St. Joseph City Hall, City Council Chamber, 1100 Frederick Ave., Room 301, in St. Joseph.