by: Scott McCaulley
7th District Congressman Billy Long plans to refile a Bill next year that would set in motion an evaluation of the permitting process by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Long filed the Bill during the past Legislative Session as a response to the drowning of three kayakers on Bull Creek caused in part by a Low Water Crossing a property owner along the creek near Walnut Shade constructed after receiving a permit from the Corps. The completed structure did not meet the guidelines of the permit. By Law, the Corps is not required to inspect the structures once completed and currently only inspects a small number of these structures due to funding and staffing available.
The Law being proposed by Congressman Long would guide the Corps to determine how much funding and personnel they need to inspect every structure they permit, and to include public safety as a condition of compliance.
More details on the story, as published by Ozarks First from the Missourinet, can be seen on the Ozarks First Website.