Lewis & Kind tell Army Corps: ‘consider all options’ for dredging plan

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Washington, June 22, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen Jason Lewis (MN-02) and Ron Kind (WI-03) issued the following statements after sending a joint comment letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proposed use of eminent domain in the Mississippi River dredging plan:

Congressman Lewis: “Our family business was taken through eminent domain so I--perhaps more than most--understand just how difficult   that process is. There are significant concerns with the current plan, and the Army Corps needs to show that it’s considered all viable options.  My Democratic colleague across the river, Rep. Kind, and I will continue to work together to make sure that the Corps knows these concerns are bipartisan and from both states. I look forward to the Corps extending the comment period and demonstrating that they are investigating all possible ways to resolve the issue without resorting to condemnation.”

Congressman Kind: “Over the past few weeks, I have been impressed by the residents who have come out to meetings or published comments to express their concerns about the proposal. I join you in standing firmly against the Army Corps using eminent domain to take property for this project. Given the economic importance of preserving the Mississippi River we have to be cautious and thoughtful on any plan. I will work with officials at the Army Corps to make sure all alternative options are explored and request that they extend the comment period.”

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