MRC Cancels Public Hearings

The Mississippi River Commission canceled its annual low-water inspection trip and public hearings on board the mv. Mississippi, which had been scheduled for August 23–27. 

“I am disappointed to announce that we will cancel this year’s low water inspection trip,” said Maj. Gen. Diana Holland, commanding general of the Mississippi Valley Engineer Division and president of the Mississippi River Commission. “The health and welfare of our crew, partners and communities is paramount. My fellow commissioners and I remain committed and engaged with our federal, state and local partners as we continue to prosecute our essential mission in support of the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.”

The commission cited the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the region.

The Corps had earlier canceled several public tours and open houses on board the mv. Mississippi because of the pandemic situation.

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In order for public testimony to still be received by the commission, individual districts will solicit testimony to be filed for the record from stakeholders with an opening date for submission of August 23 and closing on September 3. 

Those wishing to comment can email signed copies of their statement to or mail printed, signed copies to: Mississippi River Commission, ATTN: Edie Whittington, P.O. Box 80, Vicksburg, Miss 39181-0080.