MoRAST will hold an all day meeting on March 8, 2011 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. In addition to the business session and program updates, the meeting will focus on water quality and sediment with a guest appearance by Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 Administrator. The meeting will also include participation by one or more Commanders and other key officials from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and other Federal agencies. The agenda will also include an update on the status of the scoping process for the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study (MRAPS) and a presentation on the Pick-Sloan Program by the USBR, both related to projects in the Missouri River Basin authorized by the 1944 Flood Control Act.
Updates about the MoRAST meeting can be found at: http://www.mo-rast.org/. Registration is not required for the meeting, but advance notice to the MoRAST office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 235-3247 is requested so hotel arrangements can be completed. Room reservations can be made by calling the Lied Lodge at (800) 546-5433 and asking for the Missouri River Natural Resources room block, which expires February 15, 2011. See hotel website at: http://www.liedlodge.org.
The Missouri River Conference and BiOp Forum organized by the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee (MRNRC) will be held March 9-11, 2011, also at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center. The Plenary Session will include well known speakers of general interest on the morning of March 9, followed by sessions on technical issues and BiOp implementation. See the conference website at: www.mrnrc2011.com for details regarding the call for abstracts, conference registration, hotel reservations and program updates. Early registration at a reduced fee is available through February 13, 2011. Room reservations are available through February 15 in the same room block referred to above for the MoRAST meeting by calling (800) 546-5433.