The head of the
Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association has testified before a U.S.
House subcommittee hearing about Missouri River flooding. Tom Waters, a seventh-generation
farmer, who says farmers livelihoods have been lost, “It just trickles through
the whole economy of the state. But when you put Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska in
there, the whole Midwest, it really will affect food production and trickle through
the United States economy. I really believe that.”
Waters says flood
control used to be a highly-engineered system but over the past 20 years, it
has been used to do supersized science experiments for birds and fish, “We’ve
reached a tipping point.