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The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program

An element of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program

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(map) LTRMP study areas

 

Taking the Pulse of a River System: Research on the Upper Mississippi River System

Mark Twain raved about the Mississippi River basin as, “the body of the Nation.” The “upper body,” upstream of the confluence with the Ohio River, includes commercially navigable reaches and branching tributaries that are recreationally and environmentally important. Together they feed and shelter an array of fish and wildlife in their flowing channels, floodplain lakes, backwaters, wetlands, and floodplain forests. Effective river management requires knowledge about factors controlling the dynamics and interactions of important ecosystem components. The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program is the prized diagnostic tool in the Environmental Management Program for the Upper Mississippi River System that provides critical information about the status and trends of key environmental resources.

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Taking the Pulse of a River System

Taking the Pulse of a River System: First 20 Years - Long Term Resource Monitoring on the Upper Mississippi River System

Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) for the Upper Mississippi River System is the Nation’s first large‑-scale effort to determine the status and trends of these natural components of a large river. The overall health of a river is reflected in the health of its biota, such as (1) fish, (2) invertebrates (e.g., insects, worms, and clams), and (3) aquatic plants. The biota are affected by (4) water quality and (5) sedimentation, which are often influenced by surrounding (6) land use and land cover.

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Taking the Pulse of a River System

Strategic Plan for the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program on the Upper Mississippi River System, 2010-2014

The Strategic Plan, developed by an interagency partnership, identifies a set of four priority outcomes for 2010-2014. The four outcomes presented in this plan are essential to addressing UMRS information needs, understanding the river ecosystem, and providing knowledge for informed decisions. This effort will provide information needed to guide the LTRMP in the future and to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a nationally and internationally significant ecosystem. The Strategic Plan identifies desired outcomes and the associated outputs needed to achieve the outcome.

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Strategic plan
 

Project Status Reports

As of February 2005, the format for the Project Status Reports was changed to Open-File Reports in the U.S. Geological Survey Report Series.

Project Status Reports are preliminary documents from the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) and Long Term Resource Monitoring Program. Their purpose is to provide information and preliminary results of scientific and Program activities. Because these reports are only subject to internal peer review, they may not be cited.

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