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UMRBA Publications and Policies

UMRBA publications include published reports, position statements, resolutions, letters of comment, and Congressional testimony.  Paper copies of some online documents may be available.  Please contact the UMRBA office (651-224-2880) for further information or send requests to Margie Daniels mdaniels@umrba.org.  (A fee for copying and shipping may apply.)  

River Management and Institutions

Upper Mississippi River Basin Association 2013-17 Strategic Plan (January 2013) PDF (7 MB)

Comments on the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) March 4, 2011 draft Scoping Summary Report (April 27, 2011) PDF (6.4 MB)

Comments on the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) scoping effort (September 17, 2010) PDF

Comments on Corps of Engineers' draft Operational Model for the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway System River Council (January 20, 2006) PDF

Comments on Corps of Engineers' concept paper "Modified Institutional Arrangements for the Upper Mississippi River System" (June 13, 2005) PDF

Joint Governors' Proclamation on Upper Mississippi River System Management (April 1997) PDF

Forging a New Framework for the Future:  A Report to the Governors on State and Federal Management of the Upper Mississippi River (1995) PDF (2.2MB)

Management of the Upper Mississippi River Basin: Current Issues and Future Options (1994) PDF (6.6 MB)

Alternative Mechanisms for Formulating an Ecosystem Management Strategy for the Upper Mississippi River (1994) PDF

The Upper Mississippi River Basin Charter:  A Strategy for Protection of the Region's Water Resources - A Report to the Governors of the Upper Mississippi River Basin States (1989) PDF (1.2 MB)

Comprehensive Master Plan for the Management of the Upper Mississippi River System (January 1, 1982, Upper Mississippi River Basin Commission)

USACE Navigation and Ecosystem Programs

Joint Governors' Letter to the President on NESP (August 20, 2014) PDF

Letter on House and Senate 2013 Water Resources Development Acts sent to the conferees (November 22, 2013) PDF

Joint Letter on 2013 Water Resources Development Act with the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Association and the Central Ohio River Business Association regarding Section 2024 of S. 601 (November 22, 2013) PDF

Joint Letter on Water Resources Development Act with Midwestern Governors Association regarding indemnification issue (October 17, 2013) PDF

2013 UMRBA UMRS Commercial Navigation Position Paper (June 25, 2013) PDF

Letter re May 15, 2011 draft Reach Planning After Action Report (AAR) (August 15, 2011) PDF

Letter re April 5, 2011 draft Reach Planning After Action Report (AAR) (May 3, 2011) PDF

Letter re System Objectives Report and the 2010 Floodplain Reach Plans for ecosystem restoration on the Upper Mississippi River System (April 5, 2011) PDF

Letter re Lock Sequencing under NESP (October 25, 2010) PDF

Letter re Inland Marine Transportation System Capital Investment Strategy Team Recommendations (July 2, 2010) PDF  (NOTE:  Similar letter sent to Director of OMB and Congress.)

Letter re Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) (November 24, 2009) PDF  (NOTE:  Similar letter sent to Director of OMB and Congress.)

Examining Biological Indicators for the Upper Mississippi River:  Applications in Clean Water Act & Ecosystem Restoration Programs Workshop (July 2009) PDF (2.3MB)

Letter re NESP Implementation Report to Congress (July 15, 2009) PDF

Comments on NESP-EMP Transition Plan (June 9, 2009) PDF

Comments on NESP Advisory Panel Recommendations (March 2, 2009) PDF

Ecosystem Restoration and the Clean Water Act on the Upper Mississippi River:  Workshops to Explore Policy and Practice Interfaces (September 2008) PDF

Comments on Draft NESP Implementation Guidance (April 18, 2008) PDF

Integrating NESP and EMP:  A UMRBA Vision for the Future of Ecosystem Restoration on the Upper Mississippi River System (November 13, 2007) PDF

Comments on Corps of Engineers August 14, 2007 draft Interim Report of the "Re-evaluation of the Recommended Plan:  UMR-IWW System Navigation Study" (September 20, 2007) PDF

Letter to OMB Regarding Navigation (February 28, 2006) PDF

Comments on River Council Operational Model (January 20, 2006) PDF

Joint Letter on 2005 Water Resources Development Act with Audubon and MARC 2000 (September 26, 2005) PDF

Joint Press Release on 2005 Water Resources Development Act with Audubon and MARC 2000 (September 23, 2005) PDF 

Joint Governors' Letter to Congressional Committee Leaders regarding WRDA authorization (March 10, 2005) PDF

Comments on WRDA 2004 provisions regarding Navigation Capacity Improvements and Ecosystem Restoration for the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway System (Section 2124 of S. 2773) (August 30, 2004)

Comments on the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the UMR-IWW System Navigation Feasibility Study (July 16, 2004) PDF

Joint Governors' Statement on the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway System Navigation Feasibility Study (July 2004) PDF

Testimony at House Water Resources Subcommittee Hearing (June 24, 2004)

Testimony for Senate Hearing in preparation for WRDA 2004 (March 31, 2004) 

Comments on Draft Memorandum of Record regarding Ecosystem Restoration Cost Sharing Options (July 11, 2003)

Comments on the May 10, 2002 Draft Interim Report for the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterways Restructured System Navigation Feasibility Study (May 30, 2002) PDF

States' Perspectives on Refocused UMRS Navigation Study (February 27, 2002) 

Water Resources Planning

Comments on the Draft Interagency Guidelines Proposed to Guide Implementation of the Principles and Requirements for Federal Investments in Water Resources (June 27, 2013) PDF

Comments on the Proposed National Objectives, Principles and Standards for Water and Related Resources Implementation Studies (March 30, 2010) PDF

Water Quality

Resolution Regarding Upper Mississippi River Clean Water Act Monitoring (February 25, 2014) PDF

UMR Clean Water Act Recommended Monitoring Plan (February 2014) PDF

2013 Water Quality Program Report:  Protecting Water Quality Through Interstate Cooperation (December 2013) PDF

Comments on US EPA's Draft FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan (January 3, 2014) PDF

Upper Mississippi  River Aquatic Life Designated Uses:  Improving Protection Under the Clean Water Act (February 2012)

- Full Report PDF (4.1 MB)

- Summary Flier PDF

2011 Water Quality Program Report:  Protecting Water Quality Through Interstate Cooperation (November 4, 2011) PDF

Upper Mississippi  River Clean Water Act Biological Assessment Implementation Guidance (September 2011)

- Full Report PDF (2.2 MB)

- Summary Flyer PDF

Upper Mississippi River Nutrient Monitoring, Occurrence, and Local Impacts:  A Clean Water Act Perspective (September 2011)
- Full Report PDF (6.4MB)
- Summary Flyer PDF

Addressing Nutrient-Related Water Quality Impacts on the Upper Mississippi River:  Clean Water Act Approaches, Conservation Efforts, and Collaboration Opportunities (September 2011) PDF

Upper Mississippi River Basin Water Quality-Related Science Needs (March 3, 2011) PDF

Letter to U.S. EPA Region 7 Administrator Brooks Regarding Water Quality Collaboration and Priorities (February 22, 2011) PDF

Comments on Mississippi River Arsenic Total Maximum Daily Load (May 28, 2010) PDF

2009 Water Quality Program Report:  Protecting Water Quality Through Interstate Cooperation (August 2009) PDF

Examining Biological Indicators for the Upper Mississippi River:  Applications in Clean Water Act & Ecosystem Restoration Programs Workshop (July 2009) PDF (2.3MB)

Comments on 2009-2014 U.S. EPA Strategic Plan Change Document (November 26, 2008) PDF

Ecosystem Restoration and the Clean Water Act on the Upper Mississippi River:  Workshops to Explore Policy and Practice Interfaces (September 2008) PDF

UMRBA Perspectives on Hypoxia Operating Plan and Federal Strategy for Clean Water Act Implementation (September 8, 2008) PDF

Upper Mississippi River Basin States CWP Cooperator's Roundtable Summary (November 1-2, 2007) PDF

UMRBA Comments on the Draft 2008 Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan (December 31, 2007) PDF

UMRBA Response to National Research Council Report Regarding the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act (December 13, 2007) PDF

2007 Water Quality Program Report:  Protecting Water Quality Through Interstate Cooperation (October 2007) PDF

Joint Governors' Statement on Water Quality Protection for the Mississippi River (August 2, 2007) PDF

Issue Paper:  Sediment-Related Water Quality Criteria for the Upper Mississippi River (February 2007) PDF

Charter of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association Water Quality Executive Committee  (November 15, 2006) PDF

Organizational Options for Interstate Water Quality Management on the Upper Mississippi River (December 2006) PDF

Upper Mississippi River Fish Consumption Advisories:  State Approaches to Issuing and Using Fish Consumption Advisories on the Upper Mississippi River (2005) PDF 

Upper Mississippi River Water Quality:  The States' Approaches to Clean Water Act Monitoring, Assessment, and Impairment Decisions (2004) PDF (3.1 MB)

Memorandum of Understanding:  Interstate Assessment Reaches for Upper Mississippi River Water Quality Reporting (September 2003) PDF

Statement on the Upper Mississippi River Basin Protection Act, H.R. 961 (September 23, 2003)

Comments on the Upper Mississippi River Basin Protection Act, H.R. 3480 (February 27, 2002)

Comments on the Upper Mississippi River Basin Conservation Act, H.R. 1800  (August 7, 2001) 

Comments on Draft Action Plan for Reducing, Mitigating, and Controlling Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico  (August 31, 2000) PDF

Comments on Upper Mississippi River Basin Sediment and Nutrient Study authorization in the Water Resources Development Act of 2000  (August 24, 2000) PDF

Comments on the Upper Mississippi River Basin Conservation Act, H.R. 4013  (July 12, 2000)

Comments on Proposed Revisions to the Water Quality Planning and Management Regulation  (January 14, 2000)

Comments on Integrated Assessment of the Causes and Consequences of Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico  (December 17, 1999) PDF

Report of the 1993 Flood-Related Water Quality Monitoring Workshop (1995) PDF

Upper Mississippi River Water Quality Initiative:  Report of the Toxic Pollution Workshop (1993) PDF

Upper Mississippi River Water Quality Initiative:  Report of the Sedimentation Workshop (1993) PDF

How Clean is the River?  An Examination of the Water Quality of the Upper Mississippi River (1989) PDF (4.2 MB)

Hazardous Spills

Environmental Response Fact Sheets

- Shorelines PDF

- Species PDF

Inland Response Tactics Manual (August 2010) PDF

Pilot Monitoring Station at Lock & Dam 15:  Project Evaluation Report (June 2007) PDF

Net Environmental Benefits Analysis, Upper Mississippi River, Pool 12 (June 2006) PDF

Upper Mississippi River Spill Response Plan and Resource Manual (Public Access Version) PDF (1.2MB)

Floodplain Management

Position of the UMRBA on Flood Response and Recovery in the Wake of the 2008 Flooding An Update to UMRBA's 1993 Flood Statement (September 17, 2008)

Comments on the May 2006 Public Review Draft of the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan (July 14, 2006) PDF

Comments Regarding Emergency Action Plan Evaluation in Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan (May 25, 2005) 

Position Regarding Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan (May 14, 2003) 

Comments on draft Project Management Plan for the Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan (August 22, 2002) PDF

Comments on Flood Loss Reduction Act of 2001, H.R. 2021 (August 22, 2001)

Resolution Requesting Reconsideration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Interpretation of the Term “Structure”  (December 11, 1998)

Comments on the Army Corps of Engineers’ March 1995 draft Floodplain Management Assessment  (May 25, 1995) PDF

Comments on the Draft Report of the Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee  (June 6, 1994) PDF

Position on Flood Response and Recovery after the 1993 Flood  (September 1, 1993, with addenda)

Water Supply and Diversions

Upper Mississippi River Basin States CWP Cooperator's Roundtable Summary (November 1-2, 2007) PDF

Resolution Regarding NEPA-Related Activities Associated with Devils Lake Project  (May 13, 1998)

Resolution Regarding Devils Lake Outlet and Inlet  (September 24, 1997)

The Upper Mississippi River Basin Charter:  Principles for the Management of Upper Mississippi River Basin Water Resources and Notification and Consultation Process Guidelines (1989) PDF

Commercial Navigation

2013 UMRBA UMRS Commercial Navigation Position Paper (June 25, 2013) PDF

Letter re Inland Marine Transportation System Capital Investment Strategy Team Recommendations (July 2, 2010) PDF  (NOTE:  Similar letter sent to Director of OMB and Congress.)

Letter re Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) and Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) (November 24, 2009) PDF  (NOTE:  Similar letter sent to Director of OMB and Congress.)

Resolution Opposing Proposed Increases in the Inland Waterways Fuel Tax and Supporting Justified Infrastructure Investment  (December 11, 1998)  

Invasive Species

Interbasin Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention and Control Resolution (February 25, 2014) PDF

UMRBA Letter of Endorsement for H.R. 358 (July 24, 2013) PDF

Comments on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) scoping effort (March 30, 2011) PDF

Resolution Regarding Ballast Water Management Policy  (August 7, 2001)

Hydropower

Nonfederal Hydroelectric Development and Licensing:  A Perspective from the Upper Mississippi River Basin (1991) PDF (2.0 MB)

Missouri River

Comments on the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) March 4, 2011 draft Scoping Summary Report (April 27, 2011) PDF

Comments on the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) scoping effort (September 17, 2010) PDF

Resolution Regarding NEPA-Related Activities Associated with Devils Lake Project  (May 13, 1998)

Resolution Regarding Devils Lake Outlet and Inlet  (September 24, 1997)

Acronyms

List of commonly used acronyms on the Upper Mississippi River (August 25, 2014) PDF