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Mississippi River Commission

The Mississippi River Commission (MRC) was established by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1879. The Commission consists of three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officers, one member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (formerly the Coast and Geodetic Survey), and three civilians, two of whom must be civil engineers. Each member of the MRC is nominated by the United States President and confirmed by the Senate.

The general duties of the MRC include the recommendation of policy and work on flood control, navigation, and environmental projects affecting the Mississippi River; the study of and reporting on the necessity for modifications to river operations, and conducting semiannual inspection trips and public hearings at various locations along the river. The intent behind the mission of the MRC today is to lead sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and the people’s well-being.