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Blunt Talks Corps Bill

By: Luke Treat
Posted: Friday, March 07, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Roy Blunt is pushing a bill to allow joint partnerships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep park user fees to fund park operations.

Senator Blunt says Missouri was one of the first states which pioneered these joint agreements between non-profit groups and Corps affiliated recreation areas:

Roy Blunt H152 (:17) “…entered into”

But now the Corps dictates funds must go to the U.S. Treasury, leaving non-profits like the Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation scrambling to keep up with operations. The foundation recently decided to close down tours of the Table Rock Dam and the Dewey Short temporarily until a new agreement can be met with the Corps.

The Senator would like to see the bill move on and allow partnering management groups to recycle money back into recreation facilities:

Roy Blunt H153 (:16) “…the park service.”

Missouri senator Claire McKaskill and Arkansas Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor also co-sponsor the “Corps of Engineers Cooperative Joint Management Restoration Act”. 

 

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