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Title: Environmental objectives planning workshops
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Rock Island District.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Louis District.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. St. Paul District.
Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway System Navigation Study.
Theiling, Charles H.
Soileau, Rebecca Seal
Keywords: Environmental impact analysis--Congresses
Illinois Waterway (Ill.)
Mississippi River
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical report
Abstract: The Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway (UMR-IWW) System Navigation Feasibility Study has been restructured to give equal consideration of fish and wildlife resources along with navigation improvement planning. The objectives of this restructured feasibility study are to relieve lock congestion, achieve a sustainable ecosystem, and holistically address ecosystem and floodplain management needs related to navigation. The restructured navigation study will seek to ensure that the rivers and waterway system continues to be an effective transportation system and a nationally treasured ecological resource. The restructured study will: (1) further identify the long-term economic and ecological needs, and potential measures to meet those needs, through collaboration with interested agencies, stakeholders, and the public; (2) evaluate various alternative plans to address those needs; (3) present a plan consisting of a set of measures for implementation that will achieve the study objectives; and (4) identify and address issues related to the implementation of the recommended plan. Four two-day workshops were held during November 2002 to aid the process of establishing measurable environmental objectives for the UMR-IWW System. Workshops were conducted in Peoria, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Moline, Illinois. The workshops were structured to achieve the following main objectives: 1) Identification of UMR-IWW environmental objectives. Collaboratively review, refine, and add to a database of specific, quantitative, local to regional scale environmental objectives building on previous work from the Environmental Management Program Habitat Needs Assessment, Mississippi River Environmental Pool Plans, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Comprehensive Conservation Plans, and related study efforts. 2) Identification of UMR-IWW management actions. Review and identify management actions that are most likely to contribute to achieving the established goals and objectives. 3) Discuss and identify species and population parameters. Identify plant and animal species and appropriate units of measure that should be considered for future environmental objectives planning efforts. 4) Present and discuss UMR-IWW ecosystem conceptual model. Present and discuss the utility of developing a UMR-IWW ecosystem conceptual model to gain a better understanding of the linkages between environmental objectives, management actions, and the state of the ecosystem. The findings of these workshops are presented herein.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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