Told ya so….

From today’s RCJ:

When in doubt, blame the corps. (emphasis added)

It’s a popular mantra for people in Missouri River country.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has long been an easy target for criticism, justified and otherwise, for Missouri River management policies that rarely satisfy everyone and often enrage somebody.

And in South Dakota, there is no time like the present to lash out at the federal agency charged with managing flows on a river that has already chased thousands of people from their homes in Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes and racked up more than $10 million in state costs, including $1 million for sandbags alone.

The only one not falling in line is Senator Tim Johnson….but I predict he’ll come around.

I think this latest round of increased releases will be a the tipping point — politically — hopefully not with the levees.  The Corps never mentioned that Oahe could go above the 150,000 cfs.   That was always believed to be the max release rate — which is why the levees were constructed to meet that cfs….so it’s no wonder the Corps can now look forward to an investigation from Gov. Daugaard.  Congressional inquiries will not be far behind….and I’m predicting all three of SD’s congressional reps will sign on….not really fortune telling — just the inevitable brought on by the Corps action — which many will characterize as arrogant.

8 Replies to “Told ya so….”

  1. Anon

    wtf is Tim Johnson thinking? He decides to pat the Corps on the back? He obviously is not talking with his constituents and/or is totally out of touch with what is happening on the ground out here.

  2. dissident

    Janklow signed off on every development along the Missouri River in South Dakota. Want to blame someone? Blame him, and suspect Roy Blunt of Missouri for inappropriate lobbying. This flood event is a self-inflicted red state phenomenon.

    1. Pierre resident

      Your post so hits the nail on the head. You mess with the river and build canals and inlets you need to expect flooding. Yes, maybe the Corps should have had better water management in Feb. and March, but look back at who allowed the building to happen.

  3. dissident


    “The high court also rejected an appeal from the tribe to block the transfer of two federal recreation areas along the Missouri River to the state of South Dakota. The cases are Daugaard v. Yankton Sioux Tribe, 10-929; Southern Missouri Recycling v. Yankton Sioux Tribe, 10-931; Hein v. Yankton Sioux Tribe, 10-932; and Yankton Sioux Tribe v. Daugaard, 10-1058.”

  4. PlanningStudent

    The corp never said anything about 150,000 being the max in Pierre from Oahe… Nor should we expect 160,000 cfs to be the max. I believe Oahe has the capacity to release 8,000 cfs more and that should not be considered the max because there is still the emergency spillway which the corp as been readying for some time now for water. They had dozens of pieces of earth moving equipment in channel below the emergency spillway all spring, now its been moved to higher ground. Flood plains for the sake of insurance at least should have been drawn in a such a way to consider the ability of Oahe to release 168,000 cfs. The corp designed the dam to release that much water why haven’t we been expecting that to be a reality. Anything less on our part was short-sighted and irresponsible.


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