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Mississippi River Watershed Plan

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MVCA completed its first Watershed Plan in 1982 and has since implemented many of its recommendations. A new Integrated Watershed Plan is needed to provide long term guidance for MVCA’s activities within the Mississippi River watershed. The new plan will reflect current watershed conditions and anticipated changes related to a changing climate, changes in land use and a changing environment. It will identify issues and challenges and will recommend actions aimed at maintaining a healthy river and watershed while balancing the needs of it many users. The Mississippi River Watershed Plan is set to be completed in 2021.

Watershed Plan

In May 2021, the MVCA released a Draft Mississippi River Watershed Plan for public review. The review period closed on June 25th 2021 and a revised plan, reflecting the comments received. The final Mississippi River Watershed Plan was approved by the MVCA Board of Directors at their July 21st, 2021 meeting.

The development of this watershed plan has been a collaborative effort between the MVCA and its many partners including the MVCA's Public Advisory Committee. This new watershed plan will help to guide future decision-making in the watershed. It is intended to be a living document that will be updated as needed.

An Indigenous Engagement Plan has been prepared to guide MVCA collaboration with Indigenous communities to ensure the plan respects and reflects Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and values for  the watershed. The Plan will be adjusted to  reflect the outcome of that engagement. 

Click here to view the Watershed Plan

Public Information Session

MVCA hosted a virtual public information session on the Watershed Plan in June. View the recording here.

Public Advisory Committee

The MVCA PAC provides a mechanism for the public to contribute to development of a watershed plan, follows the progress of the plan’s implementation and be aware of any issues or proposed changes to the plan. The Committee enhances the ability of MVCA and other partners to deliver on the management responsibilities outlined in the plan, but also provides a communications link with the public to foster and maintain credible relationships. The members of the PAC are broadly representative of the many and various interests and uses of the river throughout the watershed. The PAC reports to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority Board of Directors. Final decisions on advice received from the PAC shall rest with the Board of Directors.

Background Material

Discussion Papers

MVCA worked with a Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to develop a series of Discussion Papers which formed the basis for consultation with our many stakeholders and watershed communities – our partners in developing the Mississippi River Watershed Plan. 


A series of four Background Reports were also prepared to support the development of the Mississippi River Watershed Plan. The Backgrounders examine various characteristics of the Mississippi River Watershed, looking at past and current conditions and, where possible, anticipating future changes on the landscape.


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