This is farming along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in 2011.
Highways, farms, livelihoods, houses, trees, and family.
On the Missouri, 207,000 acres were affected. An acquaintance lost his life along this river while performing his job.
In the proposed budget for 2013, The Missouri River RecoveryProgram, money was set aside to re-build those levees for flood control and maintenance.
7.7 million dollars.
Set aside for fish and wildlife restoration:
Did you catch that?
To the farmers
seven percent of the budgeted 90 million goes to restoring the levees and their lives.
The balance of 82.3 million of our tax dollars goes to possibly the ugliest fish on the planet.
And to the birds.