Historic Turning Point on the Missouri River

May 11, 2006 “Spring Rise” Applauded by American Rivers Statement of Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers Lincoln, NE -- American Rivers announced today that it is pleased to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a new era on the Missouri River tomorrow by initiating a “spring rise” -- a brief period of higher flows that will assist natural fish reproduction. Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers, made the following statement: “This modest increase in river flow marks a historic turning point on the Missouri, as we move away from a management system rooted in the past and move toward a vision of the Missouri as a true community economic engine that serves a full range of river uses. “We applaud the Corps’ leadership in moving ahead with the spring rise, and we recognize that this change in river operations is largely the result of stakeholders in the basin setting aside their differences and working together. “The spring rise reflects the work of a wide range of stakeholders who spent months working through their differences last summer. Though it is not a full solution, this flow change represents how the people of the basin can contribute innovative approaches that do right by fish, wildlife and people. “A healthy Missouri River can define the future of Missouri River communities. We are eager to continue our partnership with people up and down the river to safeguard and promote the ecological and economic health of the Missouri basin.” “Two hundred years after Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery, the late Stephen Ambrose, Lewis and Clark historian and passionate advocate for the Missouri River, noted that ’to repair these rivers would be the finest possible tribute to the men of the Expedition and a priceless gift for our children.’” To learn more, visit http://www.americanrivers.org/