A Senate bill would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize levees and flood systems over fish and wildlife. Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Josh Hawley of Missouri, both Republicans, are cosponsoring a bill requiring the Corps to make flood control management the highest priority on the Missouri River system. For years, farmers have criticized the Corps for prioritizing efforts to help endangered species over the residents living along the river. The policy change would have to be made 90 days after the bill is passed. Grassley and Hawley also introduced another bill aimed at creating an advisory council appointed by the President with consideration from the Senate. The advisory council would be made up of two members from states bordering the river and members would make recommendations to the Corps on how to prioritize flood control and navigation. Members would have to submit recommendations to USACE and Congress after one year.
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