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Mississippi River Project Increases Risk of Flooding, Suit Says

May 13, 2020, 8:54 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is continuing with a project to maintain a navigation channel in the Mississippi River without proper environmental review in violation of multiple federal laws, environmental groups say in a lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal court Wednesday.

The agency’s Middle Mississippi River Regulating Works Project can cause flooding and related harm to the river’s fish and wildlife by narrowing the river channel, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Despite the risk, the lawsuit says the project’s current environmental impact statement fails to evaluate the...

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