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The Record of Decision for the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Mississippi River – Illinois Waterway (UMR-IWW) System Navigation Feasibility Study was signed by the Corps of Engineers’ Director of Civil Works on 4 June 2008.

The Record of Decision completes the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and approves the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway System for construction.

The FINAL DRAFT - Re-Evaluation of the Recommended Plan:  UMR-IWW System Naviation Study - Interim Report was released in March 2008.

The Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) is a long-term program of navigation improvements and ecological restoration for the Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) over a 50-year period that will be implemented in increments through integrated, adaptive management.UMRS Map

The primary opportunities are to reduce or eliminate commercial traffic delays and improve the national and regional economic conditions while restoring, protecting, and enhancing the environment. The primary goal of the program is implementation of an integrated, dual-purpose plan to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the UMRS.

NESP does not directly affect authorization and funding of other programs addressing the needs of the UMRS, but management of NESP will be integrated with the management of other programs to enhance efficiency and effectiveness across programs.

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 On September 24, 2004 the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, completed their final plan for future ecosystem restoration and navigation efficiency improvements to the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

You can view the Final Document, or go to any of the following areas for additional items: Brochure/handouts, Educational Material, Guidance Documents, Information Papers, Maps, Meeting Minutes, Newsletters, PRP, Presentations, Reports, or Scheduled Meetings

Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS)

The Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) is a vital part of our national economy and a valuable ecological resource. The system includes the Upper Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cairo, Illinois; the Illinois Waterway from Chicago to Grafton, Illinois; and navigable portions of the Minnesota, St. Croix, Black and Kaskaskia Rivers. The UMRS ecosystem refers to the entire floodplain area and associated physical, chemical, and biological components, and the UMR-IWW navigation system refers to 1,200 miles of 9-foot navigation channel, 37 lock and dam sites, and thousands of channel training structures. The 1,200 miles of 9-foot channel created by the 37 locks and dams allow waterway traffic to move from one pool to another providing an integral regional, national, and international transportation network.

Latest UMRS Newsletter The most recent version of the UMRS Newsletter is now available for viewing . Look for the latest release of the UMRS Newsletter to be viewable from this section of the website. View The Latest Our Mississippi Newsletter or View A Listing Of All NESP or Our Mississippi Related Newsletters available on this website.

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