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Posted 10/24/2017

Release no. 17-098


OMAHA, Neb. - The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) will hold its 39th meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017.  The meeting will be at the Hilton Kansas City Airport, 8801 NW 112th St., Kansas City, MO 64153, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, and concluding at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.  The draft MRRIC meeting agenda can be found online at www.MRRIC.org. 

The committee established three new adaptive management work groups in August that will help implement the Corps new adaptive management (AM) strategy.  These new work groups – focused on the fish, birds, and human considerations – participated by webinar in a first-ever, three-day Fall Science Meeting in mid-October and will meet for the first time Monday, Oct. 30.  The AM strategy will allow the Corps to incorporate new information learned about the three threatened and endangered species – the interior least tern, piping plover, and pallid sturgeon – into actions taken to support them. 

MRRIC tentatively approved seven recommendations to the Corps and the Fish and Wildlife Service concerning the Missouri River Recovery Program at its August meeting and will consider final approval of those and an additional eight proposed recommendations at the upcoming meeting.

“MRRIC’s role in advising the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing to evolve; we have worked hard over the past several years to reach this point in engaging on strategic questions related to the Recovery Program and in implementing adaptive management.  I’m excited about the progress we have made,” said MRRIC Chair Gail Bingham.

Most sessions of this meeting are open to members of the public who will have an opportunity during each daily session to address the committee and the lead federal agencies – USACE and USFWS.  There is an executive session on Thursday, Nov. 2, 10-10:30 a.m. that is closed.

MRRIC is a 70-member committee comprised of 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.  The committee, established in the fall of 2008, meets regularly at various locations throughout the Missouri River Basin.  The next MRRIC meeting will be held March 27-29, 2018.

For additional information regarding the MRRIC, please contact Ms. Gail Bingham, committee chair, by e-mail at mrric@usace.army.mil.  Information about the Missouri River recovery efforts is available online at www.MRRIC.org and  www.MoRiverRecovery.org.