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Aug. 21 - Leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the inland towing industry signed a memorandum of understanding today, designed to ensure consistent communications and support efficient and safe movement of commerce on the western rivers of the United States.
 
The memorandum, signed by Jim Guidry (Kirby Inland Marine LP and RIETF co-chairman), Rear Admiral June E. Ryan (commander of the 9th Coast Guard District), Rear Admiral David R. Callahan (commander of the 8th Coast Guard District), Major General Michael C. Wehr (commander of the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division), and Brigadier General Richard G. Kaiser (commander of the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division), provides a foundation for improving communication between RIETF members, the Corps and the Coast Guard, which will further facilitate commerce while ensuring proper safety and environmental protection.
River Industry Executive Task Force signs Memorandum of Understanding
Aug. 21 - Leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the inland towing industry signed a memorandum of understanding today, designed to ensure consistent communications and support efficient and safe movement of commerce on the western rivers of the United States. The memorandum, signed by Jim Guidry (Kirby Inland Marine LP and RIETF co-chairman), Rear Admiral June E. Ryan (commander of the 9th Coast Guard District), Rear Admiral David R. Callahan (commander of the 8th Coast Guard District), Major General Michael C. Wehr (commander of the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division), and Brigadier General Richard G. Kaiser (commander of the Corps’ Great Lakes and Ohio River Division), provides a foundation for improving communication between RIETF members, the Corps and the Coast Guard, which will further facilitate commerce while ensuring proper safety and environmental protection.
Aug. 19 - Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick addresses the audience during the Mississippi River Commission's public meeting in Greenville, Miss.
MRC's public meeting in Greenville, Miss.
Aug. 19 - Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick addresses the audience during the Mississippi River Commission's public meeting in Greenville, Miss.
The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 8-21, 2015. 

Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues.
Mississippi River Commission low-water inspection trip
The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 8-21, 2015. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues.
Mississippi River Commission members met in Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. 9, 2015.  Pictured (left to right) are MRC Director Mr. Stephen Gambrell and MRC members Brig. Gen. John S. Kem, Rear Admiral Gerd F. Glang, Honorable Sam E. Angel, MRC President-Nominee Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Honorable R. D. James, Honorable Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D. and MRC Secretary Col. Torrey A. DiCiro. (Photo by Alfred Dulaney)
Mississippi River Commission members meet in Vicksburg, Miss.
Mississippi River Commission members met in Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. 9, 2015. Pictured (left to right) are MRC Director Mr. Stephen Gambrell and MRC members Brig. Gen. John S. Kem, Rear Admiral Gerd F. Glang, Honorable Sam E. Angel, MRC President-Nominee Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Honorable R. D. James, Honorable Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D. and MRC Secretary Col. Torrey A. DiCiro. (Photo by Alfred Dulaney)
The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division Jan. 22, 2015. Also pictured are MVD Commander Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Kate Brandt, Tom Holden, Jim Bodron, Pat Hemphill, Amy Bourne, DeAnna Prestwood, Tonya Acuff, Renee Turner, Danny Ward, Dr. Barbara Kleiss, Stephen Gambrell, Lt. Col. Stephen Rhudy, John Coho, Lt. Col. Deschenes, Vicksburg District Commander Col. John Cross, Brian Chewning and Charles Shadie.
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works visits Mississippi Valley Division
The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division Jan. 22, 2015. Also pictured are MVD Commander Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Kate Brandt, Tom Holden, Jim Bodron, Pat Hemphill, Amy Bourne, DeAnna Prestwood, Tonya Acuff, Renee Turner, Danny Ward, Dr. Barbara Kleiss, Stephen Gambrell, Lt. Col. Stephen Rhudy, John Coho, Lt. Col. Deschenes, Vicksburg District Commander Col. John Cross, Brian Chewning and Charles Shadie.
During a visit on the Mat Sinking Unit in Vicksburg, Miss., the Honorable Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, civilian Mississippi River Commission member/civil engineer, helps one of the crew members tie together blocks of concrete that make up the revetment mattress on the MSU during the MRC's Low Water Inspection Trip.
MRC Commissioner Dr. Norma Jean Mattei visits the Mat Sinking Unit in Vicksburg, Miss.
During a visit on the Mat Sinking Unit in Vicksburg, Miss., the Honorable Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, civilian Mississippi River Commission member/civil engineer, helps one of the crew members tie together blocks of concrete that make up the revetment mattress on the MSU during the MRC's Low Water Inspection Trip.

Mississippi River Basin mapThe Mississippi River Commission (MRC) was established by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1879. Congress charged the MRC with the mission to develop plans to improve the condition of the Mississippi River, foster navigation, promote commerce, and prevent destructive floods—perhaps the most difficult and complex engineering problem ever undertaken by the federal government up to that time.

Today the MRC, which is headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., provides water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the Administration, Congress and the Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian provinces by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. The intent behind the mission of the MRC today is the same as the mission placed on the commission upon its creation—to lead sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and the people’s well-being.

2013 MRC Call to Action - August 23

2013 Executive Summary

2014 Executive Summary

2014 Executive Summary - China Exchange

2014 High Water Public Meeting - April 9, 2014 (YouTube video)

2014 MRC President's Low Water Inspection Trip Presentation

2014 Low Water Public Meeting - August 15, 2014 (YouTube video)

2013 Mekong River Commission Exchange Report

Role of Local Levee Sponsors - February 7, 2014 

2015 (August) Public Meeting Notice