Join us on the waters of the Mississippi River in beautiful downtown Red Wing, Minnesota on March 20-23, 2023! The Minnesota Team is excited and invites you to gather at the Historic St. James Hotel, family owned since 1875. The week will offer many opportunities to connect with colleagues, learn about exciting projects & research going on, and truly connect with the river and many historic attractions in the area. The meeting, mixer and banquet will be held at the St. James Hotel. You … [Read more...] about 2023 UMRCC Annual Meeting
Author: Neal Jackson, USFWS The Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee was formed in 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa by a small group of natural resource managers who wanted to understand the impacts of river alterations and development on the vitally important communities along the river and the natural resources on which they relied. Much has changed since 1943 both on the river and within the natural resource agencies that seek understanding of the river. The founding members probably … [Read more...] about UMRCC: Conservation Through Partnership 25 Years at a Time
Author: Cristina Stahl, USFWS The Wapsipinicon (Wapsi) River is located in eastern Iowa and a tributary to the Mississippi River. The 268 mile long river provides habitat for 90 species of fish and 18 species of mussels. One of those mussel species is the endangered Higgins’ eye found in the lower portions of the river. In an effort to re-establish a naturally reproducing population to the Wapsi, the La Crosse FWCO, Iowa DNR, and local partners have been working on removing and modifying … [Read more...] about 78 Miles of Connectivity Coming Soon to the Wapsipinicon River!
Even while entering our second summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, summer brought celebrations on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. In June, the Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi River Pools 7 & 8 worked with a local taxidermist and refuge staff to complete a grant received from the La Crosse Foundation which provided five new “ducks on a stick” to add to or replace birds in our collection! In high demand, the ducks offer an excellent close-up look at wildlife and … [Read more...] about UMR National Wildlife and Fish Refuge La Crosse District Update
2021 Timber Inventory – UMR Regional Forestry PDT Standard Protocol – Pool 17: Port Louisa On September 21st and 22nd a collective force of natural re-source specialist and willing participants gathered at the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, Louisa Division to collect timber data. In total, there were eleven different offices represented by the twenty individuals included in this vegetative data collection effort from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IADNR), National Wild … [Read more...] about Wildlife Technical Section, Ad hoc Vegetation Committee Project Update
On November 17, we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the 1986 Water Resources Development Act through which Congress acknowledged the international importance of the river ecosystem and navigation system and enacted statutory authority and funding to pursue integrated, balanced management of the Upper Mississippi River. We celebrate the tremendous success of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) program established in the 1986 Water Resources Development Act. UMRR has matured into a … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday UMRR!