MRRIC Approves Recovery Recommendations

Pallid sturgeon

The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) gave preliminary approval to 49 wide-ranging recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during their meeting in Sioux Falls May 21-23. The recommendations pertain to the Missouri River Recovery Program’s Spring Strategic Plan and Adaptive Management implementation.

The recommendations include proposals for protecting the pallid sturgeon and piping plover – both on the federal endangered species list – as well as other wildlife species. The recommendations cover the planning, engineering, and design of habitat creation as well as monitoring, studies, and learning opportunities from recovery efforts. MRRIC also recommended continued independent, external peer review of proposed recovery projects.

The recommendations were first developed by the committee’s Bird, Fish, and Human Considerations work groups. Now that the recommendations have preliminary approval, MRRIC must give final approval. That step of the process is scheduled for late June.

The League has had a seat on MRRIC since the committee’s inception in 2008 and serves on the Fish Work Group. Learn more.