If the Corps of Engineers is to manage the multiple resources of the UMR-IWW in a balanced and integrated fashion, it must have the authority to do so. Without additional and broader authority from the U.S. Congress, the Corps will be hindered both in its ability to fully integrate navigation, ecology, and other appropriate considerations in the UMR-IWW feasibility study and in its efforts at integrated, balanced management of the UMR-IWW system. The Corps’ efforts to seek broader authority for planning and implementing projects on the UMR-IWW system are appropriate. The Corps should request a multiple-purpose planning and operations authority for the UMR-IWW, which would permit the agency to address flood management, navigation, and ecosystem restoration issues concurrently.

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