Corps Releases Mississippi River Project Master Plan For Pools 11–22
The Rock Island Engineer District has released the Mississippi River Project Master Plan with Integrated Environmental Assessment for Pools 11–22 of the Upper Mississippi River. A public comment period on the plan is open through August 20.
The purpose of the plan is to guide public use and management of 11 Corps-operated campgrounds, 22 Corps-managed day-use areas and approximately 60,000 acres of federal lands from Guttenberg, Iowa, to Saverton, Mo., for environmental stewardship and recreational purposes. The master plan provides direction for appropriate land management regarding the use, development, enhancement, protection and conservation of the natural, cultural and man-made resources on these project lands.
The plan does not cover the technical aspects of navigation (locks, dams and associated infrastructure), flood risk management projects (such as levees and floodwalls), Mississippi River water level management, dredging and channel maintenance or environmental restoration (such as the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program), the Corps noted.
A digital version of the plan and its associated appendices are available at https://go.usa.gov/xFg6G along with a video presentation about the revision process and how the preferred alternative was selected. Comments can be submitted via the comment link on that website; by email to PublicInvolvement@usace.army.mil; or by mail to Mississippi River Project Office, Attn: Master Plan, P.O. Box 534, Pleasant Valley, Iowa 52767.