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Missouri River Issues

ATTENTION! A proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is posing a threat to South Dakota's ability to manage Missouri River water use as well as assessing a fee to water users in South Dakota. For more information, please visit this webpage.

Several Missouri River issues are being studied and reviewed by various groups.  To learn more, following are links and a brief description of each issue: 

Missouri RiverMRRP - Missouri River Recovery Program
The Missouri River Recovery Program (MRRP) develops, coordinates, and carries on activities to restore some of the Missouri River ecosystem's natural form and function.

MRERP - Missour River Ecosystem Restoration Plan
Authorized by Congress in Section 5018 of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) the study, known as the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement will identify the actions required to recover threatened and endagered species and restore the ecosystem to prevent futher declines among native species.

MRRIC - Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee
Authorized by Congress in Section 5018 of the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee is to make recommendations and provide guidance on the study of the Missouri River and its tributaries known as the Missouri River Ecosystem Recovery Plan (MRERP),and to activities in the existing Missouri River recovery and mitigation program (MRRP).

MRAPS - Missouri River Authorized Purpose Study
MRAPS is a broad-based Congressionally authorized study to review the project purposes established by the Flood Control Act of 1944. The Study will analyze the eight authorized purposes in view of the current Basin values and priorities to determine if changes to the existing purposes and existing Federal water resource infrastructure may be warranted.

MoRAST - Missouri River Association of States and Tribes
MoRAST is a regional interstate organization formed by joint resolution of the Governors of Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas and the Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition. It was formed to help resolve issues of concern to the basin states and tribes, to serve as a forum to foster communication and information exchange among the member states, tribes and various other governmental units, and to facilitate the management of the natural resources of the Missouri River Basin