This year so far, 22 Missouri counties have been declared natural disaster areas due to drought conditions; if these sorts of conditions are more widespread over the state and river water is inordinately or unfairly cotained upstream in the Dakotas or Montana, the results to our state could be devastating. Ron Kucera, former deputy director of police for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, gives us a succinct warning: “The Missouri River is shrinking like all of the Western rivers... If Missourians don’t wake up and do something about the loss of the river’s flow, they will find out they will have lost a resource, and it will be an irretrievable loss.”
Missouri must be proactive to maintain clean water supply
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