LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
AQUATIC RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
E. PARTNERSHIPS - Ensure coordinated management of the Lower Mississippi River ecosystem through involvement of management agencies, resource user groups, and commercial interests in planning and implementing management activities.
Objective E.1 Improved and enhanced cooperation among the Corps, Fish and Wildlife Service, other federal agencies, state agencies, and navigation, industrial, and municipal interests to avoid, minimize, or mitigate further losses of and improve aquatic habitat resources.
Strategy E.1.1 Establish annual meetings between the Corps and other federal and state natural resource agency personnel to discuss proposed construction projects and the incorporation of recommended avoid and minimize and/or habitat restoration measures in their plans.
Strategy E.1.2 Ensure state natural resource biologists participation in the Corps’ on-board annual inspection trips on the Lower Mississippi River. Discuss aquatic habitat issues, offer avoid and minimize solutions, and jointly develop habitat restoration measures.
Strategy E.1.3 Similar to the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, develop a “Biologist-On-Board” program to further understanding between navigation and natural resource interests.
Strategy E.1.4 Provide technical review of Section 404/Section 10 permit applications in the Lower Mississippi River system, and provide recommendations guidelines to avoid, minimize, or mitigate habitat degradation.
Objective E.2 Establish and implement a protocol for coordinating management activities between state and federal agencies, resource user groups, and private industry.
Strategy E.2.1 Establish a directory of state and federal agencies, resource user groups, commercial interests, and conservation groups that have an interest in the Lower Mississippi River.
Strategy E.2.2 Consult with representatives from groups identified in Strategy E.1.1 on matters of interest involving Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee actions.
Strategy E.2.3 Establish a communications network and consultation process to inform and discuss matters of interest.
Strategy E.2.4 Encourage state resource administrators and biologists to participate in the Corps’ annual on-board inspection trips on the Lower Mississippi River to discuss habitat issues, propose avoid and minimize actions, and suggest habitat restoration measures.
Strategy E.2.5 Conduct annual meetings with the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee, state and federal agencies, resource user groups, and navigation and other commercial interests to discuss pertinent issues and develop management strategies beneficial to all interests.
Strategy E.2.6 Invite biologists from federal agencies and non-government organizations to participate in the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee’s technical sections.
Objective E.3 Establish a Marketing/Development Program.
Strategy E.3.1 Develop funding support from public and corporate sponsors
Strategy E.3.2 Establish the Mississippi River Foundation to support the mission of the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee
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