ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is proposing to revise its Mississippi River Master Plan and is seeking public input. The plan guides public use and management of approximately 55,000 acres of federal lands and 314 Mississippi River miles from near Guttenberg, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, for environmental stewardship and recreational purposes.
Public input to help develop a draft Master Plan is critical throughout the revision process. Input can be provided through online input forms, by email or mail, and at upcoming focus groups. This effort also includes coordination with federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
The draft Master Plan is anticipated to be completed in 2016. Its content will then be available for public review and comment through public notice, web posting, and open houses. The final Master Plan is anticipated to be completed in fall 2016. The Corps is also reviewing the separate but related Shoreline Management Plan for potential revision in 2016 and is also seeking public input on shoreline management and the current Plan throughout 2015.
It is important to note that neither plan is for navigation (locks, dams and associated infrastructure), flood risk management projects (such as levees and floodwalls), Mississippi River water level management, dredging and channel maintenance, or environmental restoration (such as the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program).
For the latest information on the plans, to submit input, or be added to an email list to receive updates and notifications, please visit www.missriver.org. The public can also contact the Corps’ Mississippi River Project Office by mail at: Mississippi River Project, P.O. Box 534, Pleasant Valley, IA 52767; by email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone: (309) 794-4528.
Release no. 15-014