Missouri River Recovery Planning

Addressing endangered species; minimizing impacts to people

The Project

The Missouri River is the longest in North America and flows 2,341 miles through seven states. Fort Peck dam, Oahe dam and Garrison dam are three of six dam structures operated on the mainstem by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The USACE, in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is developing a Missouri River Recovery Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. The EIS includes a management plan to mitigate the impacts of USACE’s operations on three federally listed species: the piping plover, interior least tern, and pallid sturgeon.

Our Role

Since 2014, Compass has acted as Structured Decision Making coach to the USACE in the development of the Plan and with engagement with the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC), a forum comprising 28 stakeholder members representing 16 non-governmental categories (e.g., farmers, waterway industries, hydro and thermal power, outdoor recreationists, etc), plus eight states, 18 American Indian Tribes and 15 federal agencies. 
Of the USACE's draft Plan submitted in December 2016, an Independent External Peer Review found that, “…no other regional planning effort in the nation has more effectively applied scientific and socio-economic information through structured effects analysis into planning products that can support adaptive management decision-making, and subjected them to rigorous technical review before development of management alternatives.”