By Jeffery Robichaud

I often get confused by our use of acronyms in the federal government, but there are a particular few that always trip me up, namely those that begin with MR, and we have a lot of them here in the Region (what with both the Missouri River and Mississippi River).    For whatever reason when I hear too many MRs (read that as mis-ters) I am immediately transported back to the 80s and the song ‘Kyrie’ (by you guessed it Mr. Mister…no doubt my brain playing some backwards cruel mnemonic trick).

One of my posts six months ago, dealt with a website run by the United States Geological Survey that has wonderful maps created in the late 1800’s by the MRC, Missouri River Commission.  At the time I noted the presence of another website that allowed the maps to be displayed without needing to download them.  Unfortunately at the time it was down for maintenance, but as luck would have it, I was looking through old posts and came across this loose thread (in the Big Blue Thread).  I checked and the MRRP mapping app is up and running.

The MRRP, Missouri River Recovery Program, is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), and exists to implement actions to accomplish Missouri River ecosystem recovery goals in coordination and collaboration with agency partners and stakeholders.  The Corps has put together a short video describing the mission and activities of the Recovery Program.

There is a quite a bit of information to see and learn about on the web site including:

  • The US Fish and Wildlife’s Biological Opinion pursuant to the Corps consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (just highlighted in a recent blog);
  • The MRRIC (the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee) authorized by Congress to  make recommendations and provide guidance on a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries known as MRERP (the Missouri River Ecosystem Recovery Plan) and activities in the existing MRRP; and
  • A link to MRWIP (the Missouri River Water Information Portal) a collaborative effort by the Five USGS Central Region Water Science Centers (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the USGS Biological Resources Discipline, to collect and interpret data as part of the Missouri River Recovery Program.

If you’re not humming ‘Broken Wings’ by now (Mr. Mister’s other big hit) then please make sure to check out the historical mapping application that MRRP has put together.  It does a great job of allowing you to look at historic landcover within the floodplain, and see what the course of the river used to look like over 130 years ago.

Jeffery Robichaud is a second generation EPA scientist who has worked for the Agency since 1998. He currently serves as Deputy Director of EPA Region 7′s Environmental Services Division. He crosses one MR every day on his way to and from work. He is not a Mr. Mister fan, but his favorite one hit wonders from the 80s are Flock of Seagulls and Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock.

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