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US Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley Division

MRC Inspection Trips

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The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River, Aug. 19-23, 2019. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns along the river.
The Motor Vessel Mississippi arrives in Memphis, Tennessee, April 9, 2019, for the MRC's high-water inspection and public hearing. The commission heard matters affecting flood control, the MR&T project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more.
MG Richard Kaiser explains current precipitation trends during the Rosedale public hearing. The MRC provides water resources engineering direction and advice to the Administration, Congress and the Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the U.S. and parts of two Canadian provinces.
MRC members participate in a groundbreaking for the Miston-Ridgely Levee Restoration and Berm Project , April 8, 2019, in Ridgely, Tennessee. Full funding comes from the MR&T project which has prevented more than $1.27 trillion in flood damages since 1928.
Mississippi River Commission members stand aboard the MV Mississippi in Memphis, Tenn., April 9, 2019. Commissioners participated in a public hearing that allowed for open dialogue with stakeholders, partners, and the public, giving a greater voice to those who live and work in the region.
Milton Chambliss, provides testimony to the MRC in Rosedale, April 10, 2019. The MRC, who leads sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and well-being, heard matters affecting flood control, the MR&T project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more.
Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, Mississippi River Commission member, partners with stakeholders following a public hearing in Rosedale, MS, April 10, 2019. The MRC serves to provide 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.

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.