Missouri River Recovery Plan Out for Review

MRI Review

A plan that will chart Missouri River recovery for as much as 50 years is out for public review and comment. The plan would directly impact fish and wildlife, outdoor recreation, and communities along America’s longest river. It is critical that the Izaak Walton League and our members, chapters, and divisions comment on the proposal, including by making recommendations for ensuring long-range river management benefits fish and wildlife, the environment, and a diverse array of people who depend on and use the river.

The recovery plan is necessary because construction of six large dams and a navigation channel on the Missouri River resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat. The plan outlines six proposed recovery alternatives, and the Corps will select one.

The League is reviewing the draft recovery plan and will compile a comprehensive comment letter on it. When the draft comments are available, the League will reach out to chapters and divisions for sign on, and they can also submit their own comments. We will support recovery efforts that provide for self-sustaining populations of native fish and wildlife, improve water quality and reduce flood risk, while increasing recreational opportunities. The public comment period will run through April 22, 2017. 

Review the Draft Plan