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Meeting Fall 2011 (Rapid City, SD)

September 27th, 2011 | Posted by Mike Hayden in Meetings | Meetings 2011 - (Comments Off on Meeting Fall 2011 (Rapid City, SD))

The fall meeting of the Missouri River Association of States and Tribes (MoRAST) was held on September 27-28, 2011 in Rapid City, South Dakota at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.

The documents and presentations from this meeting can be found below.

Meeting documents

Final Agenda 9-27 & 28-2011

Final Minutes

Presentations September 27

Update on MRAPS – Col. Robert Ruch, USACE

Scientific information needs related to Missouri River flood issue – Dan Driscoll, USGS

Corps Presentation on current river conditions and 2011-2012 AOP process – Jody Farhat, USACE

Update on Missouri Flooding 2011 – Gen. John McMahon and Col. Robert Ruch, Commander and Staff, Omaha District USACE

USBR 2011 Flood Operations – Daniel Fritz, USBR

Continued Pick-Sloan Presentation – Roger Otstot, USBR

WAPA and Wind Power – Nick Stas (no slides available)

Presentations September 28

Impact of 2011 Flood on Flood Plain and Riparian Communities – Scott Josiah, Director of Nebraska Forest Service

Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan update – Wayne Nelson Stasney

Meeting Spring 2011

March 12th, 2011 | Posted by David Pope in Meetings | Meetings 2011 - (Comments Off on Meeting Spring 2011)

The Spring meeting of MoRAST was held at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE.  The final agenda and several PowerPoint Presentations related to Missouri River Basin water management, the Pick-Sloan Program, the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study and other topics, along with documents related to the presentation regarding the proposed mainstem reservoir surplus water and storage contract issue can be found below.

Meeting summary: The meeting included good participation by representatives of the States and Tribes as well as several Federal agencies.  During the business session on March 8, officer vacancies were filled.  Todd Sando, State Engineer for the North Dakota Water Commission, was elected Chair of MoRAST.  Jeff Vonk, Secretary of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department was elected as Vice-Chair.  After conducting interviews on March 7, the Board decided to offer a contract for the position of Executive Director to Mike Hayden, effective July 1, 2011.  He will succeed David Pope, who had previously announced that he will step down from the position at that time.  They will work together prior to that time to achieve a smooth transition.

Federal officials that spoke or participated in discussions included Karl Brooks, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7; Erik Blechinger, Special Assistant – Missouri River Basin Programs and Jody Farhat, Chief of Missouri River Water Management, Northwestern Division, Col. Anthony Hofmann, Commander, Kansas City District, Robert Ruch, Commander Omaha District and Mark Harberg, MRAPS Co-Project Manager, all from the US Army Corps of Engineers; Gary Campbell, Deputy Regional Director, and Roger Otstot, Economist, US Bureau of Reclamation Great Plains Region; Henry Maddux, Geographic Supervisor, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region; Nick Stas, Environmental Manager, Upper Great Plains Region, Western Area Power Administration; and Michael E. Slifer, Director USGS Missouri Water Science Center.  Michelle Klose of the North Dakota Water Commission made a presentation on the Mainstem Reservoir surplus water and storage contract issue.

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MRNRC 2011

March 11th, 2011 | Posted by David Pope in Meetings | Meetings 2011 - (Comments Off on MRNRC 2011)

The 2011 Annual Missouri River Conference and BiOp Forum sponsored by the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee and others was held at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE March 9-11. Please see the conference website for posters and presentations:  http://www.mrnrc2011.com/.