Record of Decision Signed for Missouri River Recovery Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

24 Dec 2018 8:21 AM | Tom Poer (Administrator)

Missouri River Management Plan Record of Decision Signed.  In a US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) news release Tuesday 20 November, the Corps announced that the Northwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger signed a ‘Record of Decision’ for the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.  The Record of Decision (ROD) completing the development of the Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement has been anticipated since the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement in August 2018. 

The plan outlines future recovery program activities along the river for the three endangered species (Interior least tern, Piping plover, and Pallid sturgeon) that will allow the Corps to continuing to operate its Missouri River projects for all their authorized purposes while complying with the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws. The selected alternative of the Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MRRPMP-EIS) is to provide for a structured, scientific process to monitor, evaluate, and adjust actions through Adaptive Management, which includes collaborative engagement with the MRRIC.  MOARC supported the selected alternative as the alternative with the least impact to the continued operation of the river; however, continues to raise concerns regarding potential impacts to authorized purposes within the lower Missouri basin, the one-time high flow release of waters as a spawning cue test, and public involvement in the Adaptive Management decision-making. 

The Corps developed the Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and with unprecedented engagement with the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC), which includes members representing basin Tribal governments, states and stakeholders.  MOARC members continue to participate in the MRRIC process, monitor the implementation of the Adaptive Management, and will continue to provide updates to membership through WATERdrops.

The Record of Decision is available online at: https://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/mrrp/mgmt-plan/ in the “Final Documents” section.

 


 

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