Interstate Waters Hot Topics
Missouri River 2015-2016 Annual Operating Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the 2015-2016 Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem System in December 2015.
Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC)
The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) was authorized by the U.S. Congress in Section 5018 in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act. MRRIC is to provide guidance on the Missouri River Ecosystem Recovery Plan (MRERP) and also provide guidance to the Corps on the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plan. MRRIC members are from throughout the Missouri River Basin representing stakeholders, tribal, and governments at all levels. The next meeting of the MRRIC is scheduled for February 23-25, 2016 in Kansas City.
Missouri River Recovery Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement
In August 2013, the Corps of Engineers published a notice in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan. The Draft EIS is slated to be released in December 2016 and is intened to assess the programmatic impacts, cumulative effects and alternatives to accomplish the purposes of the ESA, the 1958 Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, section 601(a) of WRDA 1986, section 334 (a) and (b) of WRDA 1999, and section 3176 of WRDA 2007. Discussions regarding alternatives and associated impacts amongst other important Draft EIS issues are ongoing within MRRIC.
Surplus Water Reports and Reallocation Study
The Corps of Eningeers is in the process of determining surplus water from each of the six Missouri River mainstem reservoirs. A final report has already been released for Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. In addition to the Surplus Water Reports, the Corps is embarking on a Reallocation Study for the Missouri River Reservoir System for municipal and industrial use. Information can be found here on each of these endeavors.