Virtual Orientation Set For Corps’ Lower Mississippi River Study

The New Orleans Engineer District will hold a virtual public orientation for the Lower Mississippi River Comprehensive Management Study at 9:30 a.m. January 23.

The study is a five-year, $25 million mega-study that will deliver recommendations for effective and practical management of the Mississippi River from Cape Girardeau, Mo., to the Gulf of Mexico.

The purpose of the study is to identify recommendations for the comprehensive management of the region across multiple purposes, including: hurricane and storm damage reduction, flood risk management, structural and nonstructural flood control, floodplain management strategies, navigation, ecosystem and environmental restoration, water supply, hydropower production, recreation and other purposes as determined by the secretary of the Army.

The study area encompasses seven states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Due to the size and scope of the study, active participation and collaboration from the public and stakeholders throughout the five-year study period will be critical to identifying practical and sustainable recommendations for successful management of the river, the Corps said.

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In an effort to increase participation and collaboration, the January 23 orientation will provide an overview of the study and outline the path forward as the study progresses.

Participants can join and view the virtual orientation session on YouTube at:

For more information about the study, visit