3 months, 2 weeks ago by Denise Donley
Meeting took place in Alton, Il on Friday
Mayor Kyle Moore attended a public meeting of the Mississippi River Commission in Alton, IL at the Alton River front amphitheater on Friday, August 16. Moore attended as a member of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative to sign the Memorandum of Common Purpose.
Major General John Peabody of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the MOCP at several stops during the August Low Water Inspection Tour. MRCTI member mayors signed the Memorandum with General Peabody during the townhall portion of the Alton stop.
Moore spoke with USACE Mississippi Valley Division leadership, learn about the specifics of the Memorandum, and engage with others as to how to better approach the challenges facing the Mississippi River.
"Today we joine with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers so we can work hand in hand on long term solutions for issues that the Mississippi River may have in the future."
Topics of the meeting included broadening the new Mississippi River Caucus within the U.S. House and Senate, establishing a National Drought Council, securing agency assistance in addressing aquatic invasive species and preserving the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.
Moore said discussions with IL government need to be had in order to make improvements on the Mississippi River.
"We need to make sure that we're communicating with our government leaders to make sure that fundings for improvements on our Mississippi do occur on a yearly and timely manner," said Moore.
The MRCTI supports these priorities and intends for their work with the Corps to build a foundation upon which they can seek green infrastructure solutions for our waterfront areas, pursue sustainable practices to better manage our connectedness to the River, and improve the ecological health of the waterway.