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Governor Matt Blunt of Missouri and Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas signed a historic, bi-state water agreement on Monday to help protect and preserve the waters that flow between the two states. KSMU’s Alvin Chen reports.
The two governors met in front of a ceiling high aquarium at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. The water agreement is a promise to protect watersheds and aquifers that cross state lines.
Blunt said that protecting water quality has always been an important environmental issue to both states.
Alongside Missouri’s Republican Governor was Governor Mike Beebe, who is a Democrat. Beebe said that it’s important for Missouri and Arkansas to work together to ensure common water needs in the best interest of all citizens.
Both governors mentioned that states without cooperative agreements often resort either to the federal government or the court system to resolve disputes. They said this new agreement is an important tool that will help avoid unnecessary conflicts.
The agreement calls for Missouri and Arkansas agencies dealing with water issues to meet at least once a year, and to produce reports on the status of the agreement.
For KSMU News, I’m Alvin Chen.