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Smith asks Obama to preserve levee plan

Congressman Jason Smith (Source: KFVS) Congressman Jason Smith (Source: KFVS)

Congressman Jason Smith is calling for the completion of the St. John's Bayou and New Madrid Floodway Project  in the Bootheel of Missouri.

Smith says it is "obvious that people in Illinois have been lied to about this project by outsiders who aren't from the region and who would like to see all of the flood plain on both sides of the river revert back to bird and fish habitat.”

According to a news release, US Rep. Smith is calling for the president and the EPA to exercise an obscure “Clean Water Act Veto” to kill the project.

“If President Obama vetoes the St. John's/New Madrid Floodway project it will erase the efforts of generations of southeast Missourians who have worked to complete this project since Congress authorized it in 1964,” Smith said. 

Here is a portion of the letter sent to the president:

“I recently reviewed several letters that were written to you [Tuesday] by “local leaders” who “oppose the New Madrid Levee.” The vast majorities of these “local leaders” do not live in the affected area, or are not from Missouri. The “local leaders” that are from Missouri all appear to be from the Kansas City Area, and are certainly not from the Southeast Missouri Bootheel.”

“I ask that you not interfere by derailing this project that has finally begun to show some momentum. Concerns from individuals in Southern Illinois who believe that somehow this project will endanger them with flooding are unfounded and not based in science. The Corps of Engineers has repeatedly determined that this project creates no additional risk of flooding to upstream or downstream communities.”

Read the full letter Smith wrote to the president here:

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