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Flood's temporary restoration of old Missouri River function may aid protected birds, fish

Published 06/06/2011, Associated Press

The great Missouri River flood could leave behind a more natural habitat than the area's native species have seen in decades. "The former function of the river is being restored in this one-year event," said Greg Pavelka, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wildlife biologist. "In the short term, it could be detrimental, but in the long term it could be very beneficial."

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