Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman will host a meeting next month of governors of Missouri River states.
Heineman, the new chairman of the National Governors Association, also plans to invite officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“There has been a lot of discussion of flood management issues related to the Missouri River, especially with the historic flooding,” said Jen Rae Hein, Heineman’s spokeswoman.
“It’s an opportunity for them to come together and have an open, candid discussion about those issues,” she said.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is among those planning to attend the Omaha meeting on Aug. 19. Details for the gathering are still being worked out, Hein said.
Branstad will look for ways to better coordinate and communicate with the other Missouri River states, said Jimmy Centers, a spokesman.
Iowa’s governor is still interested in forming a coalition of downstream states, Centers said, but no action will be taken on that until floodwaters recede.
Also attending will be Sam Brownback of Kansas, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota and a representative for Matt Mead of Wyoming. Jay Nixon of Missouri and Brian Schweitzer of Montana are also invited.
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