PROJECT PURPOSE/STUDY SCOPE:
The Lower Mississippi River (LMR) Comprehensive Management Study is a 5 year, $25M, Mega Study that will evaluate alternatives for ensuring effective long-term management of the Mississippi River from Cape Girardeau, to the Gulf of Mexico. The study will look to re-examine and re-envision all aspects of the operation and management if the lower Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) system in an adaptable, resilient, and sustainable manner. This Regional study team shall conduct a study of the LMR basin for the purposes of hurricane and storm damage reduction, flood risk management, structural and nonstructural flood control, floodplain management strategies, navigation, ecosystem and environmental restoration, water supply, hydropower production, recreation, and other purposes as determined by the Secretary of the Army. USACE will execute the study in consultation with applicable Federal, State and local agencies, Tribes, non-Federal interests, and other stakeholders. In accordance with the authorities for the Mississippi River and Tributaries (MR&T) project, the Study shall develop and provided actionable recommendations to Congress.
Section 213 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020
- Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to conduct a comprehensive study of the Lower Mississippi River Basin, from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to the Gulf of Mexico, to identify recommendations of actions to be undertaken under existing authorities, or after congressional authorization, for the comprehensive management of the basin for multiple purposes.
Section 8343 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022
- Mandates that the mega study will be 100% federally funded
The Lower Mississippi River Basin, from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to the Gulf of Mexico.
- Includes the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois