Arkansas and Missouri governors sign water agreement
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt ceremonially signed an agreement on Monday morning in which both states promise to protect watersheds and aquifers that cross state lines. The agreement calls for Missouri and Arkansas agencies that deal with water issues to meet at least annually, starting next year, and to produce a biennial report on the status of the agreement. Blunt and Beebe pledged to protect the abundance of groundwater that provides drinking water for a significant percentage of the residents of both states as well as cooperating on projects to improve the water quality in the rivers and lakes that is crucial for jobs and growth in the region’s tourism industry.