WHAT WE DO
Promote the restoration and wise use of the natural resources of the Lower Mississippi River through cooperative efforts involving planning, management, information sharing, public education, advocacy and research.
The LMRCC focuses on habitat restoration, long-term conservation planning and scientific assessment of the river’s health.
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.
- Restoring bottomland hardwood forests in the river’s active floodplain.
- Helped prepare 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 final report to Congress and view the project area map (PDF).
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:
- 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. An initial water quality assessment was completed in 2014. An updated assessment will be completed in 2021.
- Developed a comprehensive Geographic Information System to help plan and implement habitat restoration and river-access improvement projects.
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