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Indigenous Engagement Plan

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 Watershed Plan will be adjusted to reflect the outcome of that engagement.  Visit our Indigenous Engagement Plan page for more information to learn how you can become involved.

Mississippi River Watershed Plan

The purpose of the Mississippi River Watershed Plan is to guide future decision-making in the watershed. It is intended to be a living document that will be updated as needed.  The Plan documents the current state of the watershed and anticipated changes related to climate, land use, and the environment. It identifies key issues and challenges, and presents strategic actions aimed at maintaining a healthy river and watershed while balancing the needs of its many users.

Integrated Watershed Management is the process of managing human activities and natural resources on a watershed basis, considering social, economic and environmental issues, as well as community interests, in order to manage water resources sustainably. As conditions in the watershed change, the plan will be updated to both address and adapt to those changes.

Background Material

Discussion Papers

MVCA developed 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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