To make matters worse, we have seen a copy of a letter dated June 6, sent to landowners along the Missouri River, in which the Corps is offering to buy land from “willing sellers.” Even if the letters are not tied to current flooding, there is no excuse for the poor timing. To this end, the Corps should refrain from sending any additional letters until high flows have receded.
You have been in the areas affected by flooding and must sense the frustration of those impacted by the high flows. People are upset and expect changes to be made which will once again reflect the primary role which flood protection must play in managing not only the upper basin reservoirs but the entire Missouri River System. We stand ready to assist with these efforts and will continue to vehemently oppose plans which focus management efforts on factors such as recreation and threatened or endangered species.