U.S. Representative Jason Smith and U.S. Representative Billy Long announced the House Natural Resources Committee will conduct a field hearing in West Plains, Missouri on Monday, the 29th. Representative Smith’s Communication Director Justin Gibbs tells KZIM KSIM the hearing was called to learn how the National Blueways System designation was initially imposed on the White River watershed in Missouri and Arkansas and how future designations can be prevented. The hearing begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Theater of the West Plains Civic Center. Gibbs tells KZIM KSIM the public is welcome to attend and provide their input. At the hearing Smith and Long hope to figure out how states can opt-out of the Blueways program, how much the program costs and how the Department is paying for it, the alleged benefits of the program, and an explanation for the closed-door review process that was used to justify the White River designation.