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November 2022 Plenary Meeting Agenda, Omaha, Neb.

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Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee



MRRIC was authorized by Congress in Section 5018 of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). This authorization included a provision for MRRIC to provide guidance on a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries, known as the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan (MRERP). That study was suspended per the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Section 120).

In July 2008, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, John Paul Woodley, signed the Implementation Guidance for Section 5018 of WRDA 2007, thus approving the Charter for MRRIC and establishing the Committee.

For more information on the Charter drafting process, please visit: https://projects.ecr.gov/moriver/.

MRRIC is exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

MRRIC Stakeholder Vacancies and Renewals

There are 16 different stakeholder interest groups with the possibility of having 2 primary seats; however, only 29 primary seats can be filled at any one time per the Charter to balance with the number of eligible tribes in the basin. The vacant primary seats rotate over time based on when members step down and what seats receive applications annually. Primary members are encouraged to nominate an alternate; however, they are not required to do so leaving that position unassigned.

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Stakeholder Interest Category Term Year Primary or Alternate Name
Agriculture 2023 Primary Dan Engemann
Agriculture 2023 Alternate Don Borgman
Agriculture 2023 Primary David Sieck
Agriculture 2023 Alternate Leo Ettleman
At Large 2023 Primary Larry Buss
At Large 2023 Alternate Unassigned  
At Large 2023 Primary Kenneth Reeder
At Large 2023 Alternate Harold Higman, Jr.
Conservation Districts VACANCY (CHARTER BALANCE)      
Conservation Districts VACANCY (CHARTER BALANCE)      
Conservation Districts 2022 Primary Richard  Iversen
Conservation Districts 2022 Alternate Molly Masters

Conservation Org

2024 Primary Caroline Pufalt
Conservation Org
2024 Alternate Thomas Ball
Conservation Org
2024 Primary Paul Lepisto
Conservation Org
2024 Alternate Unassigned  
Fish and Wildlife 2023 Primary Jim Becic
Fish and Wildlife 2023 Alternate Unassigned  
Fish and Wildlife VACANCY (CHARTER BALANCE)      
Fish and Wildlife VACANCY (CHARTER BALANCE)      
Flood Control 2023 Primary Robert Vincze
Flood Control 2023 Alternate Unassigned  
Flood Control 2022 Primary Bill Beacom
Flood Control 2022 Alternate Daniel Kuenzel
Hydropower 2024 Primary Jim Horan
Hydropower 2024 Alternate Jeff Peters
Hydropower 2024 Primary Douglas Hardy
Hydropower 2024 Alternate Chris Studer
Irrigation 2023 Primary Scott Olson
Irrigation 2023 Alternate Unassigned  
Local Government 2024 Primary Tom Bullock
Local Government 2024 Alternate Carla Markt
Local Government 2024 Primary Aaron Balliet
Local Government 2024 Alternate Franklyn Pogge
Major Tributaries 2024 Primary Ross Silcock
Major Tributaries 2024 Alternate Unassigned  
Major Tributaries 2022 Primary Dan Rostad
Major Tributaries 2022 Alternate Aaron Kolb
Navigation 2023 Primary Justin Lampert
Navigation 2023 Alternate Lynn Muench
Navigation 2024 Primary Lucy Fletcher
Navigation 2024 Alternate Steven  Engemann
Recreation 2023 Primary Terry Fleck
Recreation 2023 Alternate Jesse Kist
Recreation 2024 Primary Larry Shepard
Recreation 2024 Alternate Scott Mansker
Thermal Power 2024 Primary Brian Barels
Thermal Power 2024 Alternate John Shadle
Thermal Power 2024 Primary Ryan Layman
Thermal Power 2024 Alternate Chris Vrtiska
Water Quality 2024 Primary Dr. Marian Maas
Water Quality 2024 Alternate Unassigned  
Water Quality 2022 Primary Craig Giesmann
Water Quality 2022 Alternate Julianne Epplin
Water Supply 2023 Primary Greg Totzke
Water Supply 2023 Alternate Michael Armstrong
Water Supply 2024 Primary Michelle Bostinelos
Water Supply 2024 Alternate Jeff Dooley
Waterway Industries 2024 Primary Bill  Becker
Waterway Industries 2024 Alternate Unassigned  
Waterway Industries 2022 Primary David Shorr
Waterway Industries 2022 Alternate Unassigned  

​What is MRRIC?

The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC) serves as a forum where people with diverse interests in the Missouri River basin can collaborate on recommendations for implementing the Missouri River Recovery Program. Learn more here.

For more information on the purpose and scope of the MRRIC as well as the duties and responsibilities of its members, please read the MRRIC Charter. Also see other MRRIC-related Documents.


MRRIC provides a forum for stakeholders, tribes, states, and federal agencies within the Missouri River Basin to develop recommendations that consider the needs of the various groups affected by management actions.

  • The Missouri River drains one-sixth of the United States, encompassing over 529,350 square miles; the river flows 2,341 miles through seven states.
  • MRRIC has seats for 29 Native American Tribes located within, or with historical ties to, the basin.
  • There are many diverse non-governmental stakeholders with lives and livelihoods linked to the river (e.g., farmers, waterway industries, hydro and thermal power, outdoor recreationists, and many more).