OMAHA, NE --
The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) met in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, May 19–21. At its 29th meeting, MRRIC learned more about recent progress made on the management plan for the Missouri River Recovery Program(MRRP), including five preliminary sets of hypothetical actions (alternatives) to address the listed bird species. The committee discussed these hypothetical alternatives and examined hydrologic models that evaluated their impacts on socioeconomic activities on the river.
The committee continued to engage with the Independent Science Advisory Panel and the Independent Social and Economic Technical Review Panel on the scientific, adaptive management, and socio-economic components of the developing management plan.
The committee developed a tentative recommendation regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft 2016 Annual Work Plan that proposed USACE conduct a review of their pallid sturgeon propagation program with the intent of increasing the numbers of this endangered species in the river. The committee also learned about the basic components of the Adaptive Management Plan that will guide recovery efforts for the listed species for the foreseeable future. Over the next six months MRRIC will determine its specific role in this plan.
MRRIC is a 70-member committee that comprises stakeholders and representatives of Tribal, state and federal governments throughout the Missouri River Basin. This committee provides recommendations to federal agencies on the current and future activities of the MRRP. The committee makes its substantive recommendations by consensus.
For additional information regarding the MRRIC, please contact Dr. Michael Mac, committee chair, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the Missouri River recovery efforts is available online at https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/mrrp/mrric/ and https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/MRRP/.
The committee meets quarterly at different locations throughout the Missouri River Basin. The next MRRIC meeting will be August 25–27th in Omaha, Nebraska.
MRRIC is staffed by RESOLVE, a Washington, D.C. dispute resolution firm (www.resolv.org), under a contract with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and with the assistance of federal agency staff.
Release no. 20150526-001