Opposition to Mo. River project seeks Nixon's help

Opposition to Mo. River project seeks Nixon's help

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Farm groups are asking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to put the brakes on a project that's designed to help an endangered fish species.

After six years of debate, a shallow-water project at Jameson Island in mid-Missouri is moving forward. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is designed to provide a refuge for young pallid sturgeon.

But concerns persist about the corps' plan to put excavated soil in the river. The Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Cattlemen's Association are among the groups that signed the letter to Nixon.

They fear putting soil in the river will contribute to a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Because those low-oxygen conditions are blamed on farm-fertilizer runoff, they fear they'll get the blame. The corps says there isn't a problem.

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