Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, sent the following letter to the Army Corps of Engineers. I’ve asked him to let me know what response he receives.
June 9, 2011Â
Colonel Robert Ruch
Omaha District, Northwestern Division
United States Army Corps of Engineers
1616 Capitol Avenue, Suite 365
Omaha, NE 68102-4901Â
Dear Colonel Ruch:
This letter is a request for information relating to the current Missouri River flooding in Mandan/Bismarck, North Dakota. Specifically, I would like the following information:
â€¢ Why did the United States Army Corps of Engineers stop releasing water at an increased rate around the middle of March 2011 and not increase releases from the Garrison Dam until May 6th 2011, especially given the fact that the reservoirs was full and the snow pack was at least 140% of normal?
â€¢ What role, if any, did the snowpack in the upper portion of the Missouri River Basin play in the management of the water releases from the Garrison Dam?
â€¢ Given the fact that the reservoir system was full in 2010, why werenâ€™t the releases timed to prevent the catastrophic event that we are currently experiencing?
â€¢ Please provide any records regarding the decision to delay Garrison Dam releases and any internal memos/emails discussing the decisions to delay the releases and slow the releases in 2011.
â€¢ What part did the nesting season of the piping plover play in any water management decisions?
Thank you for your responses to this inquiry.Â
Cc: Senator John Hoeven
Senator Kent Conrad
Congressman Rick Berg