Latest Missouri River News

Missouri River remains high because of releases from dams

Jul. 18, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The lower Missouri River is likely to remain high throughout the summer because of the large amount of water being released from dams upstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it needs to keep the releases high to clear out space in all the dams along the river. So it will continue...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

Pipe spills oilfield wastewater in Missouri River tributary

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cleanup is underway after 21,000 gallons of brine oilfield wastewater leaked from an underground pipeline in western North Dakota and into an unnamed tributary of the Missouri River, the state Health Department said Monday. State environmental scientist Bill Suess said the pipeline...

Flood control measures push endangered species to the brink

Jul. 5, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Historically, the pallid sturgeon made its home in the chutes, sloughs and side channels of the floodplain of the Missouri River. The whiskered bottom feeder fed in turbid waters on smaller fish and aquatic insects. When it was time to spawn, the fish braved rapid waters to travel...

Missouri River to remain high because of water from dams

Jul. 2, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing into the lower Missouri River will remain high throughout the summer and fall, and that water will likely continue to exacerbate flooding downstream. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it plans to keep releases from Gavins Point Dam on the Nebraska-South...

Corps: Platte, Missouri River flood repairs to cost over $1B

Jun. 28, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flood-damaged levees and other infrastructure along the Platte and Missouri Rivers will cost far in excess of $1 billion to repair, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The first 61 of 108 projects deemed eligible for federal funding will cost $1 billion, Corps spokesman Matt...

Levee breaks near Jefferson City as Missouri River swells

Jun. 27, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A levee has broken north of Jefferson City as the Missouri River surges yet again there. Jefferson City police said Thursday in a news release that crews are attempting to make repairs to the Turkey Creek levee. The release says the break isn't threatening either U.S. 63 or 54....

Tribes to get more documents sought in Dakota Access lawsuit

Jun. 25, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn over more documents that four Native American tribes say could bolster their lawsuit seeking to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg directed the federal agency to give...

Kansas man drowns trying to rescue woman on Missouri river

Jun. 24, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wichita, Kansas, man died when he tried to rescue a woman on a Missouri river. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Jacob Farley drowned Friday while trying to rescue a woman near the Elk River Dam at Noel. The patrol's report says the woman had been swept under water at...

Patrol reopens 22-mile section of Osage River for boating

Jun. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has reopened a 22-mile section of the Osage River for recreational boating. The patrol said Friday the river from Lock and Dam 1 near the Osage/Maries River confluence to the Route B bridge at St. Thomas is open for boating. The patrol closed the...