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Mississippi River Commission schedules high-water inspection trip

Published March 24, 2011

Memphis, Tenn., March 24, 2011 -- The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) will conduct the
Memphis District portion of its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 11-12,

Two 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 residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. The meeting places, dates and times are as follows:

  • April 11 9:00 a.m. Hickman, Ky., at Port of Hickman
  • April 12 9:00 a.m. Memphis, Tenn., at Mud Island

All meetings are open to the public. Local interests are invited to present their views and
suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley, including flood
control and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation and

The agenda for each public meeting will be as follows:

  1. Summary report by President of the Commission on national and regional issues affecting the
    programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
  2. District Commander's overview for the Commission on current project issues in the respective
    District area.
  3. Presentations to the Commission by local organizations and members of the public giving views or comments on any issue affecting the programs or projects of the Commission and the Corps of Engineers.

The MRC, established in 1879, is composed of seven members, each nominated by the President of
the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Three of the organization's members are officers of the Corps of Engineers; one member is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and three members are civilians, two of whom are civil engineers.

General duties of the commission include recommendation of policy and work programs, the study
of and reporting upon the necessity for modifications or additions to the flood control and navigation
project, recommendation upon any matters authorized by law, and making semi-annual inspection trips.

The duties of the commission include the entire length of the Mississippi River from its headwaters at
Lake Itasca, Minn., to Head of Passes, La., where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

The purpose of the public meetings is to maintain a dialogue, an exchange of viewpoints and ideas
flowing between the public and the Corps. Presentations by the public are made orally, but a copy of the remarks should be presented to the commission for the official record.

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