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Corps to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement near Keithsburg, Illinois
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is hosting a public meeting and open house July 16 to discuss plans for ecosystem restoration at the Keithsburg Division of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge. The event is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. at the New Boston Community Center located at 502 Main St., New Boston, Illinois.
Published: 7/10/2018
Corps Seeking Public Review and Comments Regarding Rehabilitation and Enhancement near Keithsburg, Illinois
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is seeking public review and comment regarding a habitat restoration and enhancement project at the Keithsburg Division of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, near Keithsburg, Illinois.
Published: 6/21/2018
Corps to Host Open House to Discuss Steamboat Island Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is hosting a public open house March 26 to discuss plans for ecosystem restoration in Mississippi River Pool 14 near Steamboat Island. The public open house is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. at the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center in Rock Creek Park at 3942 291st St. Camanche, Iowa.
Published: 3/13/2018

 

The Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program was the first environmental restoration and monitoring program undertaken on a large river system in the United States; authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986. The UMRR Program has come to be recognized as the single most important effort committed to ensuring the viability and vitality of the Upper Mississippi River System's (UMRS) diverse and significant fish and wildlife resources since establishment of the National Wildlife Refuges on that system in the 1920's. This systemic program provides a well-balanced combination of habitat restoration activities, along with monitoring and research. UMRR has pioneered many new and innovative engineering and planning techniques for ecosystem restoration in large river systems. In addition, the science element of the UMRR has developed state-of-the-art techniques to monitor and conduct research on the river. Scientific monitoring, engineering design, and environmental modeling techniques have been shared throughout the United States and in more than five countries. Finally, the UMRR Program has a partnership of unparalleled dimensions between a multitude of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the general public. The UMRR Program was formerly known as the Environmental Management Program (EMP).

Vision

A Healthier and More Resilient Upper Mississippi River Ecosystem that Sustains the River's Multiple Uses

Mission

To work within a partnership among federal and state agencies and other organizations; to construct high-performing habitat restoration, rehabilitation projects; to produce state-of-the-art knowledge through monitoring, research, and assessment; to engage other organizations to accomplish the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program's vision.

The Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program is a federal-state partnership designed to restore, protect, 
and monitor the natural resources of the Upper Mississippi River System.
Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program: Restoring and Monitoring
The Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program is a federal-state partnership designed to restore, protect, and monitor the natural resources of the Upper Mississippi River System.
This project involved two huge gated-culverts and a channel hundreds of feet long to provide dissolved oxygen in the backwater. Seven acres were also dredged to create deeper wintertime fish habitat.
Island 42 Habitat Restoration & Enhancement Program
This project involved two huge gated-culverts and a channel hundreds of feet long to provide dissolved oxygen in the backwater. Seven acres were also dredged to create deeper wintertime fish habitat.
This is a 500-acre backwater complex, consisting of two miles of island, a berm to reduce sediment, and a small channel. The island protects the area from waves and current, thereby improving light penetration in the water and allowing plants to grow for the benefit of fish and wildlife. Dredging provided wintertime fish habitat.
Mud Lake Habitat Restoration & Enhancement Program
This is a 500-acre backwater complex, consisting of two miles of island, a berm to reduce sediment, and a small channel. The island protects the area from waves and current, thereby improving light penetration in the water and allowing plants to grow for the benefit of fish and wildlife. Dredging provided wintertime fish habitat.
This 600-acre land and water project provides a 10,200-foot-long rock dike around the head of the island, which deflects sediment from the aquatic and wetlands complex behind it.
Pharrs Island Habitat Restoration & Enhancement Program
This 600-acre land and water project provides a 10,200-foot-long rock dike around the head of the island, which deflects sediment from the aquatic and wetlands complex behind it.
The project included constructing islands and dredging to increase water depths. It improved conditions for more than 45 fish species. The island protects the area from waves and current which increases light penetration in the water, allowing plants to grow for the benefit of fish and wildlife. The project also improved wintertime habitat for fish.
Pool 8 Islands Habitat Restoration & Enhancement Program
The project included constructing islands and dredging to increase water depths. It improved conditions for more than 45 fish species. The island protects the area from waves and current which increases light penetration in the water, allowing plants to grow for the benefit of fish and wildlife. The project also improved wintertime habitat for fish.
A riverside levee reduces sediment input into the lake. Two interior closures were installed to divide the lake into three independently managed units. Islands were constructed to protect the area from waves and current. Pumps and water control structures were installed to re-create historic water-level variations; and deep-water habitat was created for fish.
Swan Lake Habitat Restoration & Enhancement Program
A riverside levee reduces sediment input into the lake. Two interior closures were installed to divide the lake into three independently managed units. Islands were constructed to protect the area from waves and current. Pumps and water control structures were installed to re-create historic water-level variations; and deep-water habitat was created for fish.