COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has too many things on its plate, according to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
"I think the (Corps' operating) manual gives them too much to do," Grassley said during his weekly telephone news conference Wednesday.
Besides flood control, the Corps deals with water recreation, irrigation, municipal water supplies, wildlife management and several other duties, he said.
"There are many fingers in the pie. The manual doesn't serve the interests of flood control like it should."
More emphasis on flood control might mean more release of water from upstream dams during winter months than current policy, he said.
Grassley discussed flood issues when he met twice with Corps of Engineers officials, once locally and again in Washington, he said.
"It's got to be revised," Grassley said of the manual.
He believes there will be a Congressional hearing on the Corps' river management policies.