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The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern

The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.


  • Mandy Cawby, spokeswoman for WaterOne, a water service in western Kansas
  • Christine Ostrander, project manager/planner at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tom Jacobs,  director of environmental programs, Mid-America Regional Council


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Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.