Interstate Waters Hot Topics
Missouri River Annual Operating Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released the Annual Operating Plan for the Missouri River Mainstem System in December 2016.
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 dates for the next meeting of the MRRIC.
Missouri River Recovery Program 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 Program Management Plan. The Draft EIS was released in December 2016 and is intended 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. Missouri Department of Natural Resources Comments on the Draft EIS. MRRMP-EIS Process “Where Are We Now” flowchart
Water Supply Rule
The Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking comment on a proposed rule to update and clarify its policies governing the use of USACE reservoir projects for domestic, municipal and industrial water supply pursuant to Section 6 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 33 U.S.C. § 708 (Section 6), and the Water Supply Act of 1958, 43 U.S.C. § 390b (WSA). Click here for information on the Proposed Water Supply Rule.
Comments are now due to the Corps of Engineers by August 18, 2017.