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  • Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee to meet in Omaha

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) will hold its 35th meeting here Nov. 15-17, 2016. The meetings are open to the public; members of the public will have an opportunity during each daily session to address the committee and the lead federal agencies – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) – regarding the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP).
  • Below average Missouri basin runoff continues; Draft Annual Operating Plan available for comment

    September runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 1.0 million acre feet, 91 percent of average, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This marks the fourth consecutive month with below average runoff in the upper basin. The 2016 calendar year runoff forecast is 22.7 MAF, which is 90 percent of the historic average. The total volume of water stored in the Mainstem Reservoir System on October 1 was 57.4 MAF, occupying 1.3 MAF of the 16.3 MAF combined flood control storage zones. System storage declined 0.7 MAF during September. Water that was captured in the reservoirs during the spring and summer is being released during the drier months to serve navigation, irrigation and other authorized purposes.
  • Federal agencies begin scoping process for Columbia River System Operations EIS

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration have announced their intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Columbia River System operations and configurations for 14 federal projects in the interior Columbia Basin.
  • Missouri Basin runoff below average in August; corps to hold public meetings in early October

    OMAHA, Neb. – August runoff in the Missouri River Basin above Sioux City, Iowa, was 1.0 million acre
  • MRRIC discusses Mo. River Recovery preferred alternative

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) met here Aug. 8-11 to receive updates on the Missouri River Recovery Program’s (MRRP) draft Management Plan-Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). The plan is part of ongoing efforts to support recovery of three species in the Missouri River – the Least Tern, Piping Plover, and Pallid Sturgeon – in accordance with the Endangered Species Act.
  • Tribes discuss Mo. River Recovery preferred alternative at MRRIC

    The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) met here Aug. 8-11 to receive updates on the Missouri River Recovery Program’s (MRRP) draft Management Plan-Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). The plan is part of ongoing efforts to support recovery of three species in the Missouri River – the Least Tern, Piping Plover, and Pallid Sturgeon – in accordance with the Endangered Species Act.