BOX 1.1
Committee to Review the Corps of Engineers Restructured Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Feasibility Study

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:

  • Implications of the 2004 NRC “216 Studies” (that reviewed Corps of Engineers methods of peer review and methods of analysis) for managing resources of the UMR-IWW, and similar large river systems;

  • Other water-related issues in the region that relate to integrated UMR-IWW system management, such as water quality and floodplain management;

  • Implementing adaptive management; and

  • Quantification and valuation of Corps project benefits, especially environmental benefits.

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.



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