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What We Do

Heavy equipment reopens a blocked river side channel to benefit fish and other wildlife.

Heavy equipment reopens a blocked river side channel to benefit fish and other wildlife. Photo by Angie Rodgers.

The LMRCC focuses on habitat restoration, long-term conservation planning, and nature-based economic development.

Restore River Habitats

The LMRCC, in conjunction with our partners, undertakes activities to restore habitat including:

  • Implementing aquatic habitat restoration and river-access improvement projects. Read the fact sheet (PDF, 3.2 MB).
  • Restoring bottomland hardwood forests in the river’s active floodplain. Read the fact sheet (PDF).
  • Preparing a comprehensive plan, the Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment, that includes habitat restoration for more than 3 million acres of lands and waters. Read the fact sheet (PDF, 3.2 MB) or view the project area map (PDF).
Flathead Catfish are just one of many species of Mississippi River gamefish

Flathead Catfish are just one of many species of Mississippi River gamefish. Photo by Bruce Reid.

Promote Greater River Access and Use

Some of our activities to meet this goal include:

Encourage a Broader Appreciation of the River

To promote the Mississippi River, the LMRCC:

The Mississippi River is a crucial transportation artery for the nation

The Mississippi River is a crucial transportation artery for the nation. Photo by Jan Hoover.

  • Documents the river’s economic importance to the region and the nation. Download the economic profile (PDF, 2.3 MB)
  • Documents the importance of good quality river water for wildlife and people. A new water quality assessment will be completed in 2014.
  • Developed a comprehensive Geographic Information System to help plan and implement habitat restoration and river-access improvement projects

Initiatives and Projects

To learn more about our initiatives and projects, click on a link below: