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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the water flow on the Missouri River despite pleas by Governor Jay Nixon not to.

This has been an ongoing problem in the past few years for St. Louis because it effects barge traffic.

“This Missouri River fight is a fight that we need to end and occasionally that means we’ll take more water than we’d like to take but it also occasionally should mean they’ll have to give us more water than they’d like to give,” Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said.

Blunt says he’s working with senators from states farther up the river.

“This is a navigation issue for the Mississippi where there is a belief that by early December, barge transportation on the middle Mississippi, where we are, would stop,” Blunt said.

Nixon says if barge traffic stops, that could be an economic disaster for agriculture and other industries relying on river transportation.

Blunt and Senator McCaskill are part of the Missouri River Working Group, a group of senators from Missouri River states that are supposed to work together to make sure everyone has enough water to fill their needs.

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