Third Report Statement of Task
The nature of this committee’s third and final report will differ from its first two reports. This committee’s first two reports focused on reviewing the analyses performed within the Corps Restructured feasibility study for the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway. This third report will consider several larger issues that affect the conduct of the feasibility study and that affect UMR-IWW system management. The committee may issue additional comments on the Corps feasibility study, but the report’s emphasis will be on the following (and perhaps other) larger issues:
Chapter 2 of this report summarizes the 216 study activity and its five reports. Chapter 3 builds upon the topics presented in Chapter 2 and comments on key 216 study findings and their application to the UMR-IWW feasibility study and system management. Consistent with this committee’s statement of task, Chapter 3 discusses the topics of adaptive management and valuation of environmental benefits, along with other topics and reports relevant to UMR-IWW resources management. The report concludes with a short epilogue presented as Chapter 4.