ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Mississippi River Commission, or MRC, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public hearing aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi, at Lambert’s Landing in St. Paul, Minnesota, Aug. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m.
At the hearing, the public will be given an opportunity to comment on the Corps’ work on the Upper Mississippi River. Agencies, local organizations and individuals are strongly encouraged to make presentations or offer views or comments on any issues affecting Corps programs or projects.
Under the direction of the president of the United States, the MRC recommends policy and work programs for the six U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts within the Mississippi Valley Division. These districts include the St. Paul, Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts. The Corps uses the MV Mississippi to host public meetings aboard the vessel. When not in use for public meetings, the Corps uses the vessel to move barges in support of bank stabilization work on the Mississippi River.
Everyone attending the meeting should have photo identification and be able to vouch for members of their party, such as children, who do not have a photo ID. Attendees are asked to leave backpacks and large satchels in their vehicles. People who do bring small purses and handbags on board will be inspected prior to boarding. The main deck on the MV Mississippi and the public hearing room have limited handicapped accessibility. For more information, contact Andrew Sander at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 290-5466.
The St. Paul District is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year as it traces its origins to 1866, when Congress authorized the Corps of Engineers to establish a 4-foot navigation channel on the Upper Mississippi River. Maj. Gouverneur K. Warren, a West Point graduate widely acclaimed for his leadership at Battle of Gettysburg, was tasked with establishing the district and conducting preliminary surveys of the main river and its tributaries. Warren arrived in St. Paul and opened the first district office in August 1866.
The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2015 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.