The Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program was authorized by Congress in 1986 to establish a program that would restore ecosystems within the Upper Mississippi River and monitor resources along the river. The UMRR program has two elments: habitat restoration and enhancement projects (HREP), and long-term resource monitoring (LTRM). The HREP element involves the restoration and enhancement of habitat for fish and wildlife by making improvements to the lands and water of project sites. Typical improvements include restoring side channel and backwater habitats, constructing water control structures, pump stations, sedimentation deflection berms, and reforestation. The Rock Island District Area of Responsibility encompasses the Mississippi River from Dubuque, IA (Lock and Dam 11) to Saverton, MO (Lock and Dam 22), and the Illinois River from Chicago to La Grange Lock and Dam, IL
The Rock Island District completed construction of 19 projects, with 4 projects under construction, and 3 projects in feasibility.
Completed projects: Rice Lake, Fox Island, Lake Odessa, Pool 11 Islands, Gardner Division, Banner Marsh, Chautauqua Refuge, Pleasant Creek, Spring Lake, Princeton Refuge, Cottonwood Island, Peoria Lake, Potters Marsh, Big Timber, Andalusia Refuge, Bay Island, Brown's Lake, Bertom McCartney Lakes, and Monkey Chute
Projects under construction: Beaver Island, Huron Island, Pool 12 Overwintering, Keithsburg Division
Projects in feasibility: Steamboat Island, Lower Pool 13, Green Island