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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Water Science and Technology Board, Committee on Missouri River Ecosystem Science

"The Missouri River atmosphere: Exploring the customers for restoration" resulted from a research performed on the request of the U.S. Environmental safety organization and the U.S. military Corps of Engineers. The nation's longest river, the Missouri River and its floodplain atmosphere skilled mammoth environmental and hydrologic adjustments throughout the 20th century. The context of Missouri River dam and reservoir procedure administration is marked through sharp ameliorations among stakeholders concerning the river's right administration regime. The administration organisations were challenged to figure out the right stability among those competing pursuits. This "Water technological know-how and know-how Board record" experiences the ecological kingdom of the river and floodplain surroundings, clinical study of the environment, and the customers for imposing an adaptive administration technique, all with a view in the direction of aiding movement past ongoing clinical and different adjustments. The record notes that endured ecological degradation of the atmosphere is bound until a few component to pre-settlement river flows and approaches have been restored. The file additionally comprises innovations to reinforce clinical wisdom via conscientiously deliberate and monitored river administration activities and the enactment of a Missouri River safety and restoration Act.

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If adaptive management is chosen as a paradigm by which to coordinate Missouri River management organizations and policies, it must be considered and implemented in the context of these current and historical organizational efforts. It would require Congress, federal and state agencies, Indian tribes, and other public and private stakeholders to forge an agreement placing adaptive management at the center of a process for reaching compromises on the full array of river management issues. This committee addressed its charge against a backdrop of over a century of actions devoted to developing and managing the Missouri River for economic and social ends.

31 32 THE MISSOURI RIVER ECOSYSTEM Congress ratified the Omaha agreement in the Flood Control Act of 1944, but as a Corps historian noted, “[t]he accord did not purport to deal with the policy issues that arose as project development proceeded. . The conferees had not considered interdependence of hydropower, irrigation, navigation, and municipal and industrial water supply; nor [sic] the effects on water and related land and fish and wildlife” (Ferrell, 1993). The Flood Control Act of 1944 also granted the Corps responsibility for flood-control structures in the lower Missouri River and its tributaries in Kansas and Missouri.

2d 232 (9th cir. 1990)]. But new actions such as the preparation of new operating guidelines, structural changes to a dam or power plant, are likely to trigger a full environmental impact statement on operations, as compared to simply the existence of the dams. The Clean Water Act of 1972 imposes technology-forcing standards on all point sources of pollution. An important federal circuit court appeals decision held that dams were not point sources [National Wildlife Federa- 40 THE MISSOURI RIVER ECOSYSTEM tion v.

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