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Weigh in on Mississippi River talks with Corps

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If you have concerns, comments or questions about how the Mississippi River is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, you'll soon get your chance to be heard. 

The Mississippi River Commission will be conducting its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 8-21.

As part of that trip, the commission will hold a public meeting in Cape Girardeau on August 14 at 9 a.m. at the city front. Other public meetings will be held in Memphis, Tennessee (Aug. 17), Lake Village, Arkansas (Aug. 19), and Morgan City, Louisiana (Aug. 21). All meetings are open to the public.

If you have an opinion or suggestion on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley, including flood control, and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation, or anything else, you should plan to attend the public meeting.

Registration is required. You can register on line for the Cape Girardeau meeting at http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/home/mrc2015.aspx or by calling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District Executive Office at (314) 331-8009.

The commission will travel the Tennessee, Cumberland, and Ohio Rivers Saturday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 14 with stops in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Decatur, Alabama, Clarksville, Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee, and Olmstead Lock.

The MRC has seven members, each nominated by the President of the United States and vetted by the Senate.  The river's basin affects 41% of the United States and includes 1.25 million square miles, more than 250 tributaries, 31 states and two Canadian provinces.  

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