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Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

What is it?

The Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of current habitat development and recommend any needed modifications to more effectively create habitat and avoid jeopardy to the species. 

  • The goal is to develop an Adaptive Management Plan and to assess the effectiveness of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) actions being taken pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.
  • The geographic scope is limited to the Missouri River mainstem from Fort Peck Reservoir to the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Yellowstone River from Intake Dam at Intake, Montana, to the confluence with the Missouri River.
  • The plan will provide the USACE Missouri River Recovery Program with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) coverage through the completion of an EIS.
  • The Record of Decision will be completed by October 2018.

This effort is led by the Kansas City and Omaha Districts of the Corps in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information, please see the Scoping Webinar Presentation, Scoping Summary Report and the Notice of Intent. Also please see our fact sheets and other documents on the main Management Plan page and the Library page. 

Why the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is Important

The Council on Environmental Quality describes the National Environmental Policy Act as our Nation's charter for protection of the environment. For major federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, an agency is required to prepare a document describing the environmental impact of the proposed action, any adverse environmental effects, alternatives to the proposed action, a description of the relationship between the short-term uses of the human environment and long-term productivity, and any irreversible and irretrievable commitment of resources caused by the action.

For information on the Management Plan and NEPA, please see our Management Plan EIS-NEPA factsheet.

The Citizen's Guide to the National Environmental Policy Act is a useful resource for those that are not familiar with NEPA or the CEQ Regulations. This 45-page guide, published in December, 2007, describes the NEPA process and provides information on how citizens can get involved.

What is the Scope of the Management Plan and EIS?

The geographic scope for this management plan and environmental impact statement encompasses the mainstem portions of the river addressed in the Biological Opinion and the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project Mitigation Project.

  • Biological Opinion implementation applies to the portion of the Missouri River from the Fort Peck Reservoir, Mont., to St. Louis, Mo.
  • The BSNP Mitigation Project applies to the portion of the river from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis, Mo.

Map detailing the Missouri River areas where the Biological Opinion applies and where the BSNP Mitigation Project applies