US Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley Division

The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River, April 8-12, 2019. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in selected towns along the river. Commission members will meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues.
R.D. James, Assistant Secretary to the Army for Civil Works and Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, stand with the Mississippi River Commission aboard the motor vessel Mississippi in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aug. 23. 2018. The commission, who leads sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and well-being, heard matters affecting flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more during their annual low-water inspection trip marking the MRC's 400th session. (USACE photo by Jared Eastman)
George Williams, with the Lake Mary Planting Company, provides testimony during the Mississippi River Commission's annual low-water inspection and public hearing in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aug. 22, 2018. The commission, who leads sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and well-being, heard matters affecting flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more. (USACE photo by Jared Eastman)
Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser, Mississippi River Commission president, provides opening remarks during the annual low-water inspection public hearing in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aug. 22, 2018. The commission, who leads sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and well-being, heard matters affecting flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more. (USACE photo by Jared Eastman)
Brig. Gen. Paul Owen, Mississippi River Commission member, speaks during the annual low-water inspection and public hearing in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aug. 22, 2018. The commission, who leads sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and well-being, heard matters affecting flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more. (USACE photo by Jared Eastman)
Dr. Norma J. Mattei, Mississippi River Commission member, speaks with partners and the public before the annual low-water inspection public hearing in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aug. 22, 2018. The commission, who leads sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and well-being, heard matters affecting flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and more. (USACE photo by Jared Eastman)

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.