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Blunt, McCaskill Put Pressure on Corps Over Table Rock Contracts

TABLE ROCK LAKE -- Both lawmakers issued statements Tuesday to "protect residents and businesses around Table Rock Lake," after the Corps announced it had been operating outside its authority on property management agreements.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill are putting the pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Both lawmakers issued statements Tuesday to "protect residents and businesses around Table Rock Lake," after the Corps announced it had been operating outside its authority on property management agreements.

Thirty-four agreements were signed across the county, and the Corp is currently speaking with stakeholders on how to go further.

The Corps says fees collected at campgrounds and other public use areas on the Table Rock Lake shoreline will go straight to the US Treasury instead of to local nonprofits.

However, both senators wrote a letter to the Corps demanding it take no action until meeting with them first.

"It's outrageous that families and businesses around Table Rock Lake would have to pay the price for the Army Corps' failure -- and that's why Senator Blunt and I are going to work together to hold the agency accountable," McCaskill said in the statement. "Army Corps leadership should be embarrassed by this, and it's up to them to find a solution that protects folks in this area from service disruptions or higher costs."

"This arbitrary decision is completely unacceptable and is another example of blatant government overreach," added Blunt. "Missouri families and businesses who live, work, and vacation at Table Rock Lake deserve to do so without needless uncertainty."

Blunt says he met with the Little Rock District this week, and will continue to "stay engaged on this issue until the Corps finds a solution."

For the last three years, a nonprofit group called the 
Ozarks Rivers Heritage Foundation (ORHF) had been giving tours of Table Rock Dam and managing many properties for the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

McCaskill and Blunt worked together before to protect private landowners at the Lake of the Ozarks, jointly introducing legislation to prohibit federal agencies from issuing any plan that would have required the removal of homes, businesses and other structures built within the boundary of a hydroelectric project.
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