Water and River Resources
Thousands of Missourians live along the banks of our state’s rivers, streams and lakes. I am committed to continuing my work on many important issues facing our water resources, including channel and stream bank degradation, flood protection, navigation and property rights.
We need to focus on protecting human life and property, and maintain the safety and soundness of our levees. We must also support the important commercial advantages provided to us by the Missouri River and our inland waterways system, which serve as an important tool in both domestic and international trade.
Since 2011, I have served as an officer of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association and currently serve as First Vice President. This position furthers my ability to serve as a critical voice for Missouri’s river communities on national issues, including flood control, bank stabilization, navigation and major drainage problems. The Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association is made up of levee and drainage districts, harbor and port commissions, states, cities and towns and other agencies and individuals from Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. I continue to work regularly with stakeholder groups and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies to ensure that our rivers and streams stay safe and clean, while allowing all Missourians to have access to and utilize these bodies of water to the fullest extent possible.
As a lifelong resident of the Lake of the Ozarks area, I have a special appreciation for the many benefits -- both economic and recreational -- that come from our fresh waters. I will continue to be an advocate for sound water resources policy and protection of landowner rights.