Sen. Blunt asks corps to halt fish habitat project

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 7:35 a.m. CDT; updated 9:26 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 10, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has added his voice to those urging the Army Corps of Engineers to halt a Missouri River project intended to create habit for endangered fish.

The Jameson Island project seeks to create a shallow-water habitat for the pallid sturgeon and includes plans to dump excavated soil into the Missouri River.

Blunt released a letter Wednesday to the corps saying that the soil-dumping undermines conservation efforts by Missouri landowners. He says it also increases nutrient-rich sediment in the Missouri River, which feeds into the Mississippi River. Runoff containing farm fertilizers has been blamed for algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gov. Jay Nixon raised similar concerns last month in urging the corps to halt the habitat project.

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