Vicksburg, Miss…….The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual low-water inspection trip of the lower Mississippi River basin beginning 20 August and ending on 23 August 2013.
Three public meetings have been scheduled in selected towns along the river. These public meeting with be held aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI. The meeting places, dates and times are as follows:
August 20- 9:00 a.m. - Memphis, Tennessee (Beale Street Landing)
August 21 - 1:00 p.m.-Vicksburg, Mississippi (City front)
August 23- 9:00 a.m. - Morgan City, Louisiana (Port Commission dock)
All meetings are open to the public. Individuals and/or groups are invited to present their views and suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure of the lower Mississippi valley. This includes environmental issues, recreational and navigational issues and flood control projects.
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 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.
Since 1879, the seven-member Presidentially appointed Mississippi River Commission has developed and matured plans for the general improvement of the Mississippi River from the Head of Passes to the Headwaters. The Mississippi River Commission brings critical engineering representation to the drainage basin, which impacts 41 percent of the United States and includes 1.25 million square miles, over 250 tributaries, 31 states, and two Canadian provinces.