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USACE Vicksburg District to host Mississippi River Commission public meeting

USACE Vicksburg District
Published Aug. 9, 2022
The Mississippi River Commission will hold public meetings aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi during its annual low-water inspection trip from August 22-26, 2022.

The Mississippi River Commission will hold public meetings aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi during its annual low-water inspection trip from August 22-26, 2022.

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District will host the Mississippi River Commission’s (MRC) public meeting, Aug. 24, from 2-5 p.m., at the Vicksburg City Front aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi.

As part of its annual low water inspection trip, the MRC will hold public meetings from August 22-26 at the following locations:

22 Aug.           Tiptonville, TN            Riverside Park                         9:00a.m - 12:00 p.m.
23 Aug.           Memphis, TN             Beale Street Landing             9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
24 Aug.           Vicksburg, MS            City Front                                 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
26 Aug.           Morgan City, LA         Port Commission Dock          9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The meetings are open to the public with the following agenda:

  1. Summary report by the MRC president on national and regional issues affecting USACE and MRC programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
  2. District commander’s overview for the MRC on current project issues in the respective area.
  3. Presentations to the MRC by local organizations and members of the public giving views or comments on any issue affecting the programs and projects of the MRC and USACE.

At this time, there are no DoD-mandated COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Please monitor the USACE Vicksburg District or MRC webpages and social media for additional guidance as the trip approaches.

The Commission will accept testimonies for the record until 5:00pm on Aug. 26, 2022.

For more information, please contact Edie Whittington at 601-634-5768 or edie.whittington@usace.army.mil.

The Mississippi River Commission, established in 1879, is composed of seven members, each appointed by the President of the United States. 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 recommending policy and work programs, studying and reporting on the necessity for modifications or additions to the flood control and navigation project and conducting semi-annual inspection trips. The authority of the commission extends the entire length of the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to Head of Passes, Louisiana, where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  

The USACE Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, that holds nine major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The Vicksburg District is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.

Sabrina Dalton

Release no. 22-074