Skelton discusses Missouri River frustrations with Army leaders
By: Press Office of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 7, 2009) — Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) met with the Honorable Jo Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to discuss issues important to Show-Me State residents. While the meeting could be defined as a “get to know you” session, Skelton took the liberty of clearly spelling out his commitment to looking after the interests of Missouri’s farmers, barge operators, utilities, and citizens when it comes to the Corps’ management of the Missouri River. The Congressman also invited Secretary Darcy to visit Fort Leonard Wood and the Missouri River sometime in the future.
“I invited Assistant Secretary Darcy to my office today so that we could talk about the challenges facing the Corps of Engineers in its management of the Missouri River.
“River management remains a top priority in our state. This is especially true for those who live along the river bank and for Missouri’s agricultural community. That is why it was important for me to express the views of the Fourth District directly with Assistant Secretary Darcy.
“While we talked about a number of matters, I was particularly eager to share my opposition to the Corps of Engineers’ man-made spring rise and to share my frustration with a recently authorized study to investigate whether barge navigation ought to be removed as a congressionally authorized river function. I am hopeful that the Assistant Secretary will take seriously my concerns and will share them with her colleagues in the Administration who have similar responsibilities over river management matters.
“I am also hopeful that Secretary Darcy will visit Missouri sometime during her tenure. It would be great for the Secretary to see the Missouri River up close and to visit with our Corps of Engineers training personnel at Fort Leonard Wood,” said Skelton.
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.