Archive: 2015
  • Major flooding threatens Mississippi River Valley, Army Corps flood fighters fully engaged

    The Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, fully activated its flood fighting emergency management operations for the Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts to manage rapidly rising water levels on the Mississippi River and several tributaries, with the highest Mississippi River levels since the Great Flood of 2011.
  • 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.
  • Army Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26.
  • Army Corps of Engineers supports new “Every Kid in a Park” recreation initiative

    WASHINGTON (September 2, 2015) – President Obama, with the support of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the start of a new initiative to give every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America’s great outdoors. The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.
  • River Industry Executive Task Force signs Memorandum of Understanding

    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.
  • President Obama appoints Wehr as Mississippi River Commission president

    August 5, 2015 – Today, President Barack Obama appointed Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr as president 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 Kaiser as Mississippi River Commission member

    August 5, 2015 – Today, President Barack Obama appointed Brigadier General Richard G. Kaiser 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.
  • Renee Turner selected as chief of Civil Works Integration Division

    Renee Turner was recently selected as deputy of Programs Directorate and chief of Civil Works Integration Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, and the Mississippi River Commission.
  • 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. The meeting places, dates and times are as follows:
  • Mississippi Valley Division conducts 2015 All Hazards Exercise

    The Mississippi Valley Division will conduct an interagency All Hazards Exercise to practice its response and recovery activities if a disaster strikes the Mississippi Valley Division’s Area of Operations. The All Hazards Exercise will include planning discussions for hurricanes, floods, severe weather and earthquakes that could strike the region.