On August 8 I posted a blog discussing North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple’s calls for an interstate compact to manage flooding along the Missouri River Basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently responsible for managing flooding along the river. Frustrated by record spring floods, Gov. Dalrymple thought flood control management could be better handled by the impacted states though the adoption of an interstate compact.
As expected, Gov. Dalrymple’s proposal was at the center of considerable discussion during a meeting last week between seven of the eight Governors from states bordering the Missouri River. During the meeting, Governors heard from staff from the Corps about a variety of topics, including the feasibility of developing an interstate compact to manage the river basin. While it is too early to determine how much support a potential compact has among the impacted states, it is clear that the Army Corps of Engineers does not think a compact is the best mechanism to manage flooding. Speaking on behalf of the Army Corp of Engineers, Ted Streckfuss suggested any change should occur with input from the states through the “Master Manual” revision process and not through the creation of an interstate compact.