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The Mississippi River Commission conducted its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 11-15, 2016.
Mississippi River Commission schedules high-water inspection trip
The Mississippi River Commission conducted its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 11-15, 2016.
President Barack Obama recently appointed Brigadier General David C. Hill as member of the Mississippi River Commission. MRC appointments are nominated by the President of the United States and vetted by the U.S. Senate.
President Obama appoints Hill as Mississippi River Commission member
President Barack Obama recently appointed Brigadier General David C. Hill as member of the Mississippi River Commission. MRC appointments are nominated by the President of the United States and vetted by the U.S. Senate.
Leaders representing organizations from more than 20 states gathered in St. Louis on Oct. 14 to announce the release of a first-ever Report Card for the entire Mississippi River basin, which stretches across all or part of 31 U.S. states and covers more than 41 percent of the continental United States. The leaders were part of America’s Watershed Initiative, which has worked with more than 700 stakeholders and experts from over 400 business, government and science organizations to identify the key measurements and data sources to grade six goals for the watershed: clean, abundant water; marine transportation; flood control and risk reduction; the economy; recreation; and ecosystem health.
Mississippi River Basin Receives D+ in First-Ever Report Card
Leaders representing organizations from more than 20 states gathered in St. Louis on Oct. 14 to announce the release of a first-ever Report Card for the entire Mississippi River basin, which stretches across all or part of 31 U.S. states and covers more than 41 percent of the continental United States. The leaders were part of America’s Watershed Initiative, which has worked with more than 700 stakeholders and experts from over 400 business, government and science organizations to identify the key measurements and data sources to grade six goals for the watershed: clean, abundant water; marine transportation; flood control and risk reduction; the economy; recreation; and ecosystem health.
Sept. 30 - MRC Commissioners the Honorable R.D. James, Maj. Gen. Wehr, the Honorable Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, and MRC Director Mr. Stephen Gambrell, after a meeting with Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran.
Mississippi River Commission Engagement
Sept. 30 - MRC Commissioners the Honorable R.D. James, Maj. Gen. Wehr, the Honorable Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, and MRC Director Mr. Stephen Gambrell, after a meeting with Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran.

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

2015 Executive Summary

2016 Executive Summary