Army Corps pledges to help tribe facing water crisis

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to help the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota avoid a water shortage on the reservation, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said on Thursday.

Johnson said the Army Corps will extend a water intake at Lake Oahe to ensure the reservation doesn't run out of water. Tribal officials predict the intake will dry up by August.

The solution, however, is temporary. The tribe is proposing to move the intake altogether, a project that could cost $70 million.

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Johnson says corps will help tribe with water intake (AP 4/7)
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