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Deputy Attorney General Karen Olson said the fact that school districts vary widely by student demographics is not by itself unconstitutional. said that to him the assessment is a tax. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who he said prevailed on the Federal Government and the security agencies to sabotage it.Yet when Americans think about war, What happened in between was unprecedented, recreational cannabis became legal across Canada.000 otherworldly items, "Operators are trained in personnel recovery tactics, Missouri. where people have been recording river heights since Mark Twain’s time four of the top 10 crests have come in the past decadeIn Brainerd Minnesota it’s five of the top 10In Natchez Mississippi it’s three of 10 – and this week they’re bracing to record another"You can call it climate change but whatever you call it things are changing" said Maj Gen Michael Wehr who oversaw the Corps’ operations on the river until being promoted last year to be second in command at the Corps’ headquarters in WashingtonSaid Norma Jean Mattei a University of New Orleans civil engineer and member of the Mississippi River Commission which oversees how the Corps runs the river "We’ve got to modify how we manage the river"But Criss considers the Corps and its use of river infrastructure to be one of the problems"The water has nowhere to go" he saidYou don’t flood out your neighbors It’s one of the unwritten rules of the riverJust the accusation is enough to spark a fistfight But people had long suspected that the levees across from Hannibal were too tall making the flooding worse for neighbors downstreamSo a crew from the Corps came out two years ago in ATVs riding along 200 miles of riverbanks to measure levee heights The Corps found that the walls were 2 to 3 feet taller than the agency allows in many spots stretching from Burlington Iowa down almost to St LouisThe Hannibal-area levees belong to Sny Island – an Illinois drainage district so carefully maintained that it has flooded only once in 110 years a point of pride for vigilant farmers and volunteers thereBut today the Sny’s levees frighten people such as Nancy Guyton who leads a group accusing the district of breaking with long-held tradition"If they get away with this" Guyton warned recently "they’re going to ruin the river"She and her husband own a small farm outside Annada Missouri They have lived through several major river floods But now the water seems high all the timeNow Guyton was sitting in Calvin’s Restaurant in tiny Eolia Missouri with Mark Harvey another member of the group Neighbors of the Mississippi which represents residents of three counties downriver of the SnyHarvey is not a farmer He’s not going to lose any crops if the river floodsBut he is the superintendent of Pike County schools He knows that flooded farmland is worthless He sees the Sny’s levees as a threat to buying textbooks and paying teachers"You can’t just build a wall and say to heck with it" Harvey saidIn an office across the river Mike Reed sounded offendedReed runs the Sny levee district from New Canton Illinois a town tucked next to a limestone bluff that served as the riverbank eons ago Today the river is six miles away – across some of the most fertile farmland in the world – and kept there by a levee wallReed said Sny farmers and residents felt as if they’d been "smeared" by the Corps"Why are they going after us" Reed said "Why are we made to look like a rogue levee district that raised its levees in the dark of night"The Corps says its position is simple Some levees have soared past their federally authorized levels with most of the height added after a major flood in 2008"Their levees have been altered without careful evaluation and no permission" said Scott Whitney flood risk manager for the Corps’ Rock Island DistrictA couple of feet might not sound like much But every inch of levee height pushes floodwaters from one place to another With levees blocking the river from its natural flood plain the water has only one place to go: upThe Corps can’t force a levee district to lower its levees It can only stop paying for levee repairs Each state regulates its levees – and the Mississippi touches 10 different states"The science is clear" said Nicholas Pinter associate director at the Center for Watershed Sciences of the University of California at Davis who has extensively studied flood risks on the Mississippi "When one levee district builds bigger levees it increases the size and magnitude of flooding across the river 10 miles up and down too"Pinter said he was surprised that so many levee districts were building walls that are clearly too tall"The Sny is one of the players in what I would call levee wars" Pinter said "And to have it springing up there is puzzling and unnerving We thought the levee wars" featuring sabotage and gun-toting safety patrols "were a thing of the past"Reed said if the Sny district is forced to lower levees it would lose its 100-year flood rating meaning the Federal Emergency Management Agency would no longer consider the area to have protection from a once-in-a-century flood Insurance premiums would skyrocket and the value of Sny farmland would plummet to half the current $12000 an acre "which would be devastating"Trump’s infrastructure plan proposes reducing the Corps’ role in monitoring levee heights The plan also proposes stripping the Corps of authority for some levees in the name of reducing costs and complexity That’s good news for districts looking to raise their levees unfettered It’s bad news for neighbors hoping the federal government continues to referee disputes along the riverGuyton and other small groups dotting the riverbanks are alarmed They say they wouldn’t be able to keep up if flood protection becomes a race to see who can build the biggest"This would be a disaster" Guyton saidEfforts to control the river start way up north including at a lock and dam that once gave Minneapolis bragging rights as the river’s "Head of Navigation" This is where the river that begins as a trickle in Upper Minnesota crashes like a white-water fist into a 50-foot limestone gorge all under the lonely gaze of lockmaster Mike DeRushaHe loves this view It might be the most dramatic on the entire Mississippi DeRusha stands at the wide windows of a brick control tower atop the lock and dam at Upper St Anthony Falls He used to have 12 workers with him here They kept this Corps facility humming 24 hours a day for boats and barges to pass around the falls Today DeRusha is the last man leftThe official reason this lock closed three years ago was worries about invasive Asian carp swimming their way further north and using the lock to get around the falls But that wasn’t the real culprit Instead the extraordinary decision to mothball a major piece of infrastructure illustrates how much the Mississippi’s role in American life has changed"Minneapolis decided to give up on a dream its predecessors fought so hard for – to be the economic bookend to New Orleans" said river historian John Anfinson "But they have new dreams now"Minneapolis is powered today by health care and corporate headquarters for giants including Target The shuttered brick mills next to the falls are now sought-after lofts and condos Planners look at the Corps’ control tower built in 1967 and see an event space Shutting down the lock they argue would speed the river’s transformation from industrial waterway to recreational assetThe lock at Upper St Anthony Falls was the first one closed on the Mississippi – and it sent a shudder down the riverNow the Corps is studying whether to close two more nearby locks – perhaps even pulling out the concrete and steel returning the river to something approaching its wild stateThis is the barge industry’s worst fear especially if this idea spreads"We’re not happy about it" said Russell Eichman a consultant for the barge trade group Upper Mississippi Waterway Association "It might set a precedent"The 29 locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi were not built for flood control They were built for barges The river drops 420 feet in the 670 miles between the first and last lock so barges need the staircase of locks and dams for navigationBarges move 300 million tons of goods a year on the Mississippi – a number that has remained mostly flat since 2000 Still it’s the route for 60 percent of US grain exports And a single barge can transport the equivalent of 60 to 70 tractor trailers – a bragging point you’ll hear within five minutes of talking with the industry or the CorpsThe barge industry argues that ending shipping on the river would result in epic highway traffic jamsWhat the river needs barge boosters say is to make the Mississippi’s locks bigger and better Most were built in the 1930s and expected to last 50 years They can’t accommodate huge modern barge flotillas When a lock breaks the river can be closed for days or weeks"This a huge issue for the US to compete on the world market from a transportation standpoint" said Rodney Weinzierl of the Illinois Corn Growers AssociationThe barge industry thought it scored a major win in 2007 when Congress authorized the doubling in size of seven locks – five on the Mississippi two on the Illinois River The price tag was more than $2 billion But Congress never funded itSo they were excited by Trump’s talk of infrastructure spending – and alarmed by his proposal for paying for it Trump and others have hinted that they might use private-public partnerships Companies would invest in new projects and charge user fees It’s commonly referred to as "P3" Barge companies hate P3"If you were to go with P3 to build a lock and dam and start charging a toll then you’re going to bankrupt operators" said Toohey of the Waterways CouncilBarges pay nothing to go through locks now No one does The locks are run in the public interestIn Minneapolis the veteran lockmaster DeRusha who plans to retire this year knows he probably won’t be here to see what becomes of his old workplace"I just hope the site remains and it’s an asset" DeRusha said "It’s a jewel"Locks and levees are the most obvious infrastructure on the riverBut concrete matting is the most commonThere are 1000 miles of it covering every river bend south of Cairo Ill, Thats the challenge of responding to invasive speciesthere is no cure.

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