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ND: Feds to issue permits for Missouri River water

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota's congressional delegation say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon issue permits to tap surplus water from Lake Sakakawea for use by oil companies and other industrial users. Full story

Storms improve outlook for Mississippi River

A release of water from the Missouri River and recent snow and rain are offering some relief for the Mississippi River. Full story

Major pipeline among ideas for aiding arid West

Even as drought-stricken Midwestern states squabble over diminishing water supplies in the region, a new federal-state study raises the idea of constructing a 670-mile pipeline to divert water from one of the Mississippi's major tributaries to help seven arid states in the West. Full story

APNewsBreak: Corps not budging on Miss. River flap

The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge operators to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping. The industry, however, warns that the situation is growing inc Full story

Drought revives old water war among river states

The water wars are raging again in America's heartland, where drought-stricken states are pleading for the increasingly scarce water of the Missouri River — to drink from their faucets, irrigate their crops and float the barges that carry billions of dollars of agricultural products to market. Full story

Missouri River group argues against water releases

Members of the congressional delegations from the Dakotas, Kansas and Montana are urging President Barack Obama to deny requests to aid Mississippi River navigation by authorizing additional water releases from Missouri River dams. Full story

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In this photo taken March 14, 2012, a dump truck hauls sand scooped off a field near Big Lake, Mo. Months of flooding from the Missouri River last summer left debris and sand covering thousands of acres of farmland across several states and farmers scrambling to reclaim the land before this year's g