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Waterway Transportation and the Environmental Management Program in the Upper Mississippi River System. 尹耀 (Yin Yao) Director of International Strategies, The Nature Conservancy Great Rivers Partnership; and

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Waterway Transportation and the Environmental Management Program in the Upper Mississippi River System

尹耀 (Yin Yao)

Director of International Strategies, The Nature Conservancy Great Rivers Partnership;

and

Ecologist, United States Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center.

2630 Fanta Reed Road, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54603, USA.

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Third largest river system in the world

  • migratory flyway for 40% of nations waterfowl
  • Over 250 species fish – critical N/S migration corridor
  • 326 bird species (60% of all species in N. America)
  • 37 species of mussels
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1890

1990

Upper Third

Middle Third

Lower Third

what led to monitoring on the umr
What Led to Monitoring on the UMR?
  • 1968 Lock and Dam 26 expansion recommendation
    • 1970 appropriated to run through 1975
  • 1974 lawsuits filed, Court stopped
  • Initiated 1974-1976: by UMR Basin Commission
    • 1980 GREAT I and II “A study of the Upper Mississippi River”
    • GREAT River Resource Management Study, 1982
  • UMR Basin Commission Master Plan published 1982
    • 12 recommendation on navigation and environment
    • Draft bill “Upper Mississippi River System Management Act”
    • Draft Long-term Resource Monitoring Plan (Technical Report F)
  • WRDA 1986 Section 1103 “Upper Mississippi River Plan”
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National Significance of Upper Mississippi River System

“… the intent of Congress to recognize that system as a nationally significant ecosystem and a nationally significant commercial navigation system. … shall be administered and regulated in recognition of its several purposes.”

Citation: Water Resources Development Act of 1986, Section 1103(a)(2).

congressional language for the environmental management program hrep ltrmp cia
Congressional Language for the Environmental Management Program (HREP, LTRMP/CIA)
  • The Secretary of the Army, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the States of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin…..as identified in the Master Plan
    • Planning, construction, and evaluation of measures for fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation and enhancement (NTE$13 m annually ~69%): HREP
    • Long-term resource monitoring program ($5 m ~26%): LTRMP
    • Computerized inventory and analysis system $.876m ~5%: CIA

Also authorized LD 26 second lock

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HABITAT REHABILITATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS

( 66%)

LONG TERM RESOURCE MONITORING

( 32%)

ELEMENTS OF THE UMRS

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF RECREATION

AND NAVIGATION MONITORING

( > 1%)

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How….

Examples that may serve your purposes as well….

umr as a multiple use environment

Manufacturing-$126B

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Tourism-$6.6B

Agriculture-$5B

Energy production-$4.7B

Commercial

Nav-$1B

Harvest-$9M

Recreation-$200M

High

Low

Degree of Reliance on Water Quality

UMR as a Multiple-use Environment
  • $145 Billion
  • 870,000 Jobs
  • 40% of Corridor output
  • 18% economic activity in 5-state area
great rivers partnership mission and strategy
Great Rivers Partnership: Mission and Strategy
  • The Great Rivers Partnership will advance sustainable management of the Mississippi River system, and share knowledge and expertise to inform the management of other great rivers by:
  • convening diverse interests as an honest brokerto synthesize stakeholder perspectives with best science and practice to support a shared vision, and actionable programs, policies, and partnerships

acting as a solutions provider and innovator in cooperation with a global network of expertise that helps inform and solve the most critical management challenges, through projects that demonstrate a systems approach using science-based adaptive management

communicating as a unified expert voice on pertinent issues so as to build an informed constituency for the Mississippi River system and great rivers around the world

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