Missouri blocks Corps of Engineers dredging project

03/28/2008 | International Herald Tribune

The Army Corps of Engineers has halted work on five dredging projects after Missouri officials objected that 24 million tons of soil dumped into the Missouri River would pollute the state's vital waterway. The corps is trying to protect the endangered pallid sturgeon, but Missouri's Clean Water Commission says dredging and dumping raises levels of phosphorous and nitrogen, two of the chemicals blamed for a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. "We're trying very hard to keep nutrients out of the water and paying money to do that while at the same time our government is dumping it in," said Kristin Perry, who heads the state commission.

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