ND lawmaker has questions on Mo River management

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the North Dakota House's Energy and Natural Resources Committee has questions for the Army Corps of Engineers about its management of the Missouri River.

Mandan Rep. Todd Porter asks why the corps didn't step up water releases from the Missouri's dams in mid-March instead of early May.

Porter says at the time the river's reservoirs were full and snow amounts in the western mountains were much larger than normal.

Porter also is asking whether the piping plover nesting season influenced river management decisions. The plover normally builds its nests on Missouri River sandbars.

Porter has sent a letter to the corps' district commander in Omaha, Col. Robert Ruch (rook).

The corps has said it was in good shape to handle spring runoff until unexpectedly heavy rains fell.