Budget Cuts May Hamper Flooding Research

By Peter Harriman, Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader

The Missouri River flood—unprecedented in the careers of anyone involved in engineering, hydrology, or fish and wildlife management—offers unparallelled research opportunities. But this disaster is happening at a time when a weak economy and belt-tightening in Congress may limit the chance to do any studies. … Nathan Young, assistant director of the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa, said how the Missouri River operates at high flows is useful knowledge.

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