Rivers
8:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Mo. River gets boost from northern reservoirs

The same reservoirs in northern states that were blamed for last year's flooding on the Missouri River are now giving the river a boost during a severe drought.

With the help of water from reservoirs in North Dakota and Montana, the Missouri River hasn't lost its depth beyond a one-foot drop in some places downstream from Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports the Mississippi River on the east side of the state, and waterways in Kansas and Nebraska, aren't so fortunate.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began tapping into reservoir water Friday after depleting the year's supply of snowpack and rain. Corps officials say there is plenty of water in the northern reservoirs to keep the river moving.