[Brc-membership] Mississippi River Commission (MRC) Public Meeting Notice

The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) members and staff will make their annual High Water Inspection trip beginning next week from April 10, 2016 through April 17, 2016.  The M/V MISSISSIPPI will be moored at the Thalia Street Wharf of the Port 

of New Orleans directly behind the Port of New Orleans’ Administration Building at 1350 Port of New Orleans Place (New Orleans, LA) on Friday, April 16, 2016.    


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The President of the MRC Major General Michael C. Wehr (Commanding General) and Colonel Rick Hansen the District Commander of the Corps’ Mississippi Valley New Orleans District have extended an invite to members of the Louisiana Maritime Association and Big River Coalition to attend the meeting to be held onboard the M/V MISSISSIPPI at 0900 hours (9:00 a.m.) on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Although, the meetings are open to the public the Corps leadership continues to request direct feedback from the navigation industry.


The MRC meetings offer an excellent opportunity for navigation interests and members of the public to interact with and discuss their concerns with the leadership of the MRC or United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) representatives.  The USACE continues to request information on economic losses related to the significant draft reductions of 2016 on the Mississippi River Ship Channel.  

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The meeting will begin with a presentation from both General Wehr and Colonel Hansen on the status of the nation’s highest tonnage channel and then the floor will be opened for public comments.  


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The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) was established by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1879. Congress charged the MRC with the mission to develop plans to improve the condition of the Mississippi River, foster navigation, promote commerce, and prevent destructive floods—perhaps the most difficult and complex engineering problem ever undertaken by the federal government up to that time. 

Today the MRC, which is headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., provides water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the Administration, Congress and the Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian provinces by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. The intent behind the mission of the MRC today is the same as the mission placed on the commission upon its creation—to lead sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and the people’s well-being.

Please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned with any questions and know that members are encouraged to participate and provide testimony.  Specifically, beneficial would be financial information on vessels that have diverted or other negative economic impacts due to the disruption of trade from the draft restrictions of 2016. 




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