Congress authorized the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program in the 1986 Water Resources Development Act to help address ecological needs on the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS). Subsequent amendments have helped shape the two major elements of UMRR- the Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Projects (HREPs) and the Long Term Resource Monitoring (LTRM). Together, HREPs and LTRM are designed to improve the environmental health of the UMRS and increase our understanding of its natural resources. The UMRR Program was formerly known as the Environmental Management Program (EMP).
A Healthier and More Resilient Upper Mississippi River Ecosystem that Sustains the River's Multiple Uses
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.