US Army Corps of Engineers
Omaha District

MRRIC May 2019 Agenda

MRRIC May 2019
MISSOURI RIVER RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE (MRRIC)
May 2019 Plenary Meeting


Monday, May 20: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (AM Training)
Tuesday, May 21: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Plenary)
Wednesday, May 22: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Plenary)
Thursday, May 23: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm (Plenary)

Note: All session times noted are in Central Time.

Meeting Location:
Sioux Falls Convention Center
1201 Northwest Ave,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Meeting Objectives:
• Continue to develop a shared understanding about the Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP) that includes current recovery and mitigation actions underway in the Missouri River Basin. Provide guidance to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works with respect to these activities
• Seek Final Consensus on (ACTION ITEMS – SUBSTANTIVE DECISIONS):
o Recommendations on ways to achieve effective MRRP adaptive management (AM) governance
• Seek preliminary consensus on (ACTION ITEMS – SUBSTANTIVE DECISIONS):
o Joint recommendations from the Bird, Fish, and Human Considerations (HC) Work Groups on the Spring MRRP Strategic Plan
o Other recommendations as determined by work groups
• Seek consensus on (ACTION ITEMS – PROCESS DECISIONS)
o November 2018 plenary summary (consent agenda)
o Work group membership (consent agenda)
o MRRIC 2019 Work Plan (consent agenda)
o Other process proposals as determined by work groups
• Learn more about and, where applicable, decide next steps concerning:
o The Ft. Peck flow scoping process and AM framework
o The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Interception Rearing Complex (IRC) report development
o The National Park Service (NPS) Missouri National Recreational River and the interagency partnerships, tribal connectivity, and community stewardship applicable to managing it
o Independent Science Advisory Panel (ISAP) feedback on the AM Compliance Report and WRDA IRC report, and highlights of the recent discussions on the bird monitoring plan development
o The status of the species
o MRRIC member interests
o Pre-meeting Agencies’ Updates Webinar topics
• Learn more about the activities of and possible proposals from work groups, including (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)
o Results of the Federal Working Group survey and discussion regarding next steps
o The AM Governance Planning (AMGP) Work Group; Bird, Fish, and Human Considerations (HC) Work Groups; Communications Work Group; Plover Habitat Ad Hoc Group; and Tribal Interests Work Group

Monday, May 20, 2019

11:00 am-5:00 pm AM Training (Optional)

All MRRIC members invited to participate, hosted by the Tribal Interests Work Group.

Location: Meeting Room 6-7

Goals: Build an understanding of the MRRP Science and Adaptive Management Plan (SAMP) and its implementation


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

8:00 am Opening – Gail Bingham, Chair

Welcome

8:05 am Meeting Objectives

Goals: Open meeting, discuss what we hope to accomplish.

Gail Bingham, Chair

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)

8:10 am Introductions

Goals: Introduce members, announce if quorum exists, and introduce observers.

8:20 am Agenda Review and Approach to this Meeting

Goals: Review meeting agenda and remind about decision-making and collaboration tips.

Read Ahead:

2.1 MRRIC May 2019_DRAFT Detailed Agenda v1 MRRIC May 2019_DRAFT Detailed Agenda v3 Page 3 of 8 MRRIC May 2019

8:30 am Business Session: Consent Agenda

Goals: Review consent agenda and seek approval. (ACTION ITEM)

Read Ahead:

3.1 MRRIC May 2019 Consent Agenda v1

3.2 MRRIC AM Implementation Work Group Nominations May 2019

8:45 am Business Session: Substantive Recommendations from November 2018 Plenary Meeting

Goals: Seek final consensus on the substantive recommendation on ways to achieve effective MRRP AM governance that reached tentative consensus during the November 2018 plenary meeting. (ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

4.1 MRRIC Recommendations to USACE on Effective AM Governance - Tentative Consensus v1

9:00 am Business Session: AMGP Work Group Report – Part I

Goals: Hear an update on AMGP activities and this year’s implementation of the annual AM process to date. Learn about plans for MRRIC funding and activities in 2020, the MRRP decision support system, and AMGP proposed recommendations. Discuss proposed recommendations and strive to reach consensus. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

5.1 AM GP Work Group Charge - November, 29 2018 – APPROVED

5.2 AM Cycle - We Are Here Diagram v8

5.3 MRRIC - 2019 AMGP Recommendations - APPROVED by AMGP for MRRIC Review v2

Handout:

5.4 Recommendations - Categories A-B-C - Checklist v4

10:00 am BREAK

10:15 am Business Session: Overview of WRDA IRC Report Development and Engagement with the ISAP

Goals: Overview of WRDA IRC report development. Hear from ISAP and discuss their review of the WRDA IRC Report. Discuss potential next steps in response to the ISAP review of the draft WRDA IRC report and issues raised during Fish and HC Work Group discussions. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEM)

Handout:

6.1 ISAP Evaluation of Draft WRDA IRC Report to Congress 051619 – Excerpt (full length document available on APAN)

Background:

Draft WRDA/IRC Report (available on APAN)

 

12:00 pm LUNCH

Federal Working Group meeting – Location: Meeting Room 6-7

Tribal Interests Work Group Breakout Session – Location: Meeting Room 11-12

State Representatives lunch – Location: Meeting Room 13

1:15 pm Information Sharing Session: Ft. Peck Test Release Process Presentation

Goals: Hear about the Ft. Peck test release process, including preliminary results of the scoping process and anticipated next steps.

Background:

Draft Ft. Peck AM Framework (available on APAN)

1:45 pm Information Sharing Session: Member Interest Presentation – Ft. Peck

Goals: Hear presentation from MRRIC members and their constituents regarding their interests related to Ft. Peck.

2:00 pm Business Session: Ft. Peck Test Release Process Discussion

Goals: Discuss the Ft. Peck test release process, including preliminary results of the scoping process. Discuss next steps, including ISAP’s role. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

2:45 pm Business Session: Engagement with the ISAP

Goals: Hear highlights from recent discussions on the bird monitoring plan development and provide an opportunity for MRRIC to ask follow up questions regarding the ISAP review of the AM Compliance Report. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Handout:

8.1 Bird Monitoring Options Handout

Background Materials:

ISAP Review of the AM Compliance Report (available on APAN)

USACE response to ISAP Review of the AM Compliance Report (available on APAN)

3:30 pm BREAK

3:45 pm Business Session: Joint Work Group Report on Proposed Recommendations – Part I

Goals: Introduce and provide clarification on the proposed recommendations developed by the Bird, Fish, and HC Work Groups. Provide an overview of survey results and focus discussion on high priority issues. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

9.1 MRRIC - 2019 JWG Recommendations - APPROVED by JWG for MRRIC Review v1  

5:15 pm Call to Public and Input from Agency Staff and Day 1 Wrap Up

Goals: Receive comments and questions from the public and time for agency staff to offer input. Review and confirm action items established during the day’s plenary session. Follow-up on outstanding questions or questions/comments submitted through the comment box.

5:30 pm Meeting Adjourns for Day

Optional Events

6:30 pm Social Event: Good Earth State Park at Blood Run

Location: 26924 480th Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

8:00 am Opening

Goals: Recap and reflect on yesterday’s progress and accomplishments. Wrap up any pending items from Day 1.

8:15 am Business Session: Joint Work Group Report on Proposed Recommendations – Part II

Goals: Discuss the proposed recommendations developed by the Bird, Fish, and HC Work Groups and discuss next steps to address any concerns. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

10:15 am Business Session: Bird Work Group – Report on Other Activities

Goals: Hear an update on additional Bird Work Group activities (beyond their work on the draft recommendations). (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

10.1 Bird Work Group Charge - November 28, 2018 - APPROVED

10:45 am BREAK

11:00 am Business Session: Fish Work Group – Report on Other Activities

Goals: Hear an update on additional Fish Work Group activities (beyond their work on the draft recommendations). (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

11.1 Fish Work Group Charge - November 29, 2018 - APPROVED

11:30 am Business Session: Engagement with Agency Leadership

Goals: Opportunity for engagement with Brigadier General Peter Helmlinger, Commander Northwestern Division, USACE and Noreen Walsh, Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region, USFWS.

 12:00 pm LUNCH

Tribal/Lead Agency Lunch – Location: Meeting Room 11-12

Opportunity for members to interact with the members of the press – Location: Plenary Room

1:15 pm Business Session: HC Work Group – Report on Other Activities

Goals: Hear an update on HC Work Group activities and seek consensus on proposed recommendations. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

12.1 HC Work Group Charge - November 29, 2018 – APPROVED

12.2 MRRIC HC Work Group - Additional Recommendations for May 2019 Plenary

2:00 pm Business Session: AMGP Work Group Report – Part II

Goals: Seek consensus on proposed AMGP recommendations. Learn about and discuss plans for assessing the AM governance process. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

3:00 pm BREAK

3:15 pm Business Session: Follow up to the Agencies’ Updates Webinar

Goals: Opportunity for the Agencies to supplement information provided on the Agencies’ Updates Webinar and for Committee members to discuss issues generated during the webinar.

Read Ahead:

13.1 MRRIC Agencies Updates Webinar Agenda - May 2019 - v5

Handout:

13.2 MRRIC Agencies' Updates Webinar Summary 05-10-19 v2

3:30 pm Business Session: Chair’s Forum

Goals: Opportunity to hear the following:

 Comments from the Chair

 Updates from USACE

 Updates from USFWS

 Members’ issues

 Update from CWG

 Status of the November 2018 plenary meeting action items

 Results of the Federal Working Group survey about non-lead agency member role in MRRIC

 Read Ahead:

14.1 Update on Status of November 2018 Plenary Meeting Action Items v1

14.2 Federal Working Group_Non-Lead Agency Engagement Survey Results MRRIC May 2019_DRAFT Detailed Agenda v3 Page 7 of 8 MRRIC May 2019

4:45 pm Information Sharing Session: Video on the NPS Missouri National Recreational River

Goals: Learn about the Missouri National Recreational River and the interagency partnerships, tribal connectivity, and community stewardship applicable to managing it.

5:05 pm Call to Public and Input from Agency Staff

Goals: Receive comments and questions from the public and time for agency staff to offer input.

5:15 pm Day 2 Wrap Up

Goals: Review and confirm action items established during the day’s plenary session. Follow-up on outstanding questions or questions/comments submitted through the comment box.

5:30 pm Meeting Adjourns for the Day

Optional Events

7:30 – 9:00pm Discussion with Brigadier General Helmlinger and John Remus: March Flooding Event and Recovery Efforts

Location: Plenary Room


Thursday, May 23, 2019

8:00 am Opening

Goals: Recap and reflect on yesterday’s progress and accomplishments. Wrap up any pending items from Day 2.

8:15 am Business Session: Plover Habitat Ad Hoc Group Report

Goals: Hear an update on the Plover Habitat Ad Hoc Group activities. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

15.1 Plover Habitat Ad Hoc Group Charge - November 28, 2018 - APPROVED

8:30 am Business Session: Joint Work Group Report on Proposed Recommendations – Part III

Goals: As needed, review the proposed changes to proposed recommendations developed by the Bird, Fish, and HC Work Groups and seek tentative consensus where possible. If appropriate, seek MRRIC consensus on holding a plenary meeting by webinar to seek final consensus on any recommendations that received tentative consensus from MRRIC. (ACTION ITEMS)

10:00 am BREAK

10:15 am Business Session: Carry Over Issues

Goals: Discuss outstanding substantive recommendations and strive to reach closure; if appropriate, address other outstanding issues. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)  

10:45 am Business Session: Tribal Interests Work Group Report

Goals: Hear an update on Tribal Interests Work Group activities, including takeaways from the AM training. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

16.1 Tribal Interests Work Group Charge - November 29, 2018 - APPROVED

11:00 am Executive Session: Overview of Process to Identify New Panelists

Goals: Learn about and discuss the process to identify new ISAP panelists. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Background Document:

Third Party Science Neutral Support to Establish an ISAP for the MRRP (available on APAN)

11:30 am Executive Session: MRRIC Facilitation Contracting Process

Goals: Learn about and discuss the contracting process for the MRRIC facilitation team. Present and seek consensus on an MP2 Ad Hoc Group charge related to the process. (POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS)

Read Ahead:

17.1 MP2 Ad Hoc Group Charge - May 23 2019 – DRAFT

12:00 pm Business Session: Meeting Wrap Up and Planning for Upcoming Meetings

Goals: Review and confirm action items; review meeting accomplishments; and review plans for activities leading up to and at the next plenary meeting. Follow-up on outstanding questions or questions/comments submitted through the comment box.

12:15 pm Call to Public and Input from Agency Staff

Goals: Receive comments and questions from the public and time for agency staff to offer input.

12:30 pm Adjourn