The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) met in Kansas City from January 31 to February 2. The committee discussed the new Missouri River Recovery Management Plan Draft Environmental Impact Statement (MRRMP-DEIS). The plan was released in late December by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). An Adaptive Management Plan accompanies the DEIS and will serve as the framework for implementing the recovery management actions on the river.
MRRIC members also discussed the six recovery alternatives included in the proposed plan, including the Corps-preferred alternative, and the role MRRIC will play in the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP) under the Adaptive Management Plan once the Corps announces its Record of Decision on recovery efforts next year.
MRRIC is a 70-member committee of stakeholders and representatives of Tribal, state, and federal government agencies and other partners (including the Izaak Walton League) in the Missouri River Basin. The committee provides recommendations to the Corps and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Missouri River recovery. The next MRRIC meeting will be May 23-25 in Sioux Falls. For more information, visit www.mrric.org