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It's a good thing the Corps of Engineers refused to let reservoirs in the West maintain their water levels, rather than releasing water to maintain flow for the Missouri-Mississippi river system for barge traffic hauling grain to the Gulf.

Er... is this what you meant to say?

It's a good thing the Corps of Engineers refused to let water out of the reservoirs in the West to maintain their water levels, rather than releasing water to maintain flow for the Missouri-Mississippi river system for barge traffic hauling grain to the Gulf.
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We've been having a dry spell here in the desert too. But so far we've managed.

Don't forget the desert southwest has suffered through prolonged periods of drought before.
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