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Habitat Needs Assessment

Upper Mississippi River System Environmental Management Program : Habitat Needs Assessment


SUMMARY: The Habitat Needs Assessment (HNA) was officially noted in the "Report to Congress, An Evaluation of the Upper Mississippi River System, Environmental Management Program", U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, December 1997. The following quote establishes the baseline for the assessment:

A habitat needs assessment should be completed to establish a technically sound, consensus-based management framework or "blue print" for the restoration, protection and enhancement of the UMR ecosystem. This assessment would begin to identify, at system, pool, and reach levels, long term habitat requirements. It would also serve to refine the focus of future monitoring and research activities. The HNA is an undertaking which will help guide the process of planning and designing habitat rehabilitation and enhancement projects (HREP). It will also serve to assist in determining the type data the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRM) should collect in the future. HNA is not to provide all the answers for EMP selection in the future. The final product of the HNA will be a tool to be utilized by EMP professionals who will make selections at a later date. The budget for the HNA will be approximately $1 million.


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