Missouri River Recovery
Today, the Missouri River hosts a wide variety of interests and uses, all of which are considered in the river's recovery program. They include social, economic, historical and cultural uses such as agriculture, commerce, conservation, energy, environmental, natural resources, navigation, recreation, residential, urban uses and water supply.
These uses have resulted in significant impacts to the Missouri River ecosystem:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, isconducting a collaborative long-term study authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. The study, known as the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement will identify the actions required to:
The study will result in a plan that guides the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' mitigation, restoration, and recovery efforts for the Missouri River for the next 30 to 50 years. Additionally, the study will provide a blueprint for cooperating agencies from other federal agencies, Tribes, state governments and communities throughout the basin to pull from as they desire.
The Missouri River drains one-sixth of the United States, encompassing over 529,350 square miles, the river flows 2,341 miles through seven states. The basin is also home to 28 American Indian Tribes. There are many diverse non-governmental stakeholders with lives and livelihoods linked to the river (e.g., farmers, waterway industries, hydro and thermal power, and outdoor recreationists, and many more).
Established in the fall of 2008, the Missouri River Recovery Committee (MRRIC) serves as a basin-wide collaborative forum to come together and develop a shared vision and comprehensive plan for Missouri River recovery.
Authorized by Congress in Section 5018 of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the Committee is to make recommendation and provide guidance on: 1) a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries known as the Missouri River Ecosystem Recovery Plan (MRERP), and 2) activities in the existing Missouri River recovery and mitigation program (MRRP).