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MRC Inspection Trips

MRC members listen to testimony at public meeting in Vicksburg, MS, Aug 21, 2019.
On Aug. 21, 2019, the MRC welcomed the Mekong River Commission aboard the MV Mississippi in Vicksburg, MS and celebrated the 10-year sister partnership. The Mekong Commission was very interested in the MRC's public hearing process.
MRC members were briefed on the current status of the Helena Floodwall, Aug. 20, 2019. ASA (CW) R.D. James later joined the MRC aboard the MV Mississippi to see the critical lands and infrastructure protected by the floodwall.
On Aug. 19, 2019, the MRC attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Elk Chute Levee Setback Project in Dunklin County, MO.

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.

In its current capacity, the Mississippi River Commission is charged with prosecuting the comprehensive river management program known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.