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Decision sought on 60-year-old Missouri wetlands plan

Levee project for Mississippi River in dispute

WASHINGTON — An engineering project introduced during the Eisenhower administration may be carried out in the Obama administration, but with no more consensus now than during the past 60 years.

The plan to plug a quarter-mile gap in an enormous levee along the Mississippi River and install two pumping stations will help control flooding in southeastern Missouri. But it requires draining as much as 55,000 acres of wetlands that provide backwater habitat for fish and waterfowl.

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