Missouri River Independent Advisory Panels

Missouri River Independent Science Advisory Panel

The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) - Missouri River Recovery Program is engaged in large scale ecosystem management on the Missouri River, with significant efforts to restore ecosystem functions and recover threatened and endangered species. This effort relies on collaborations with a wide range of governmental, academic, and private organizations that are working to deliver products, including extensive scientific analyses and syntheses. The Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC), a group of nearly 70 members representing various interests, tribes, and agencies, assists these efforts by developing recommendations for the agencies implementing the ecosystem management efforts.

The desire and need for thoughtful science, independent scientific advice and recommendations to support decisions and directions taken by the Corps has increased, and is also desired by the MRRIC. As a result, the Corps’ Integrated Science Program and MRRIC are working to apply the best available scientific information to the issues faced by the Missouri River Recovery Program. The Integrated Science Program achieves this by engaging with a Third Party Science Neutral who manages an Independent Science Advisory Panel.

The Independent Science Advisory Panel is comprised of up to six science advisors. This panel is charged with independent science support and technical oversight by providing advice on specific topics. Topics for the Independent Science Advisory Panel originate from the Corps and/or MRRIC. The general disciplines of expertise on the standing panel include the following areas of science: Aquatic/Riverine Ecologist, River Hydrologist/Geomorphologist, Least Tern/Piping Plover Specialist, Sturgeon Specialist, Quantitative Ecologist/Statistician, and Conservation Biologist.

Missouri River Independent Social Economic Technical Review Panel

In the fall of 2013, MRRIC along with the Corps and US Fish and Wildlife Service, asked the U.S. Institute to convene an ad-hoc Independent Social Economic Technical Review (ISETR) panel. The purpose of the ISETR is to provide advice and recommendations to the group about the groups’ development of social, economic metrics and use of different USACE models to evaluate social and economic impacts. The ISETR is composed of three individuals with expertise in:

  • International trade, consumer demand, price analysis, commodity markets.
  • Water resources policy and governance, science-policy interface, comparative environmental policy
  • Economic analysis in the formation of water and related land resource policy, development of evaluation protocols for large-scale ecosystem restoration projects

The ISETR panel is managed by the Third Party Science Neutral.

This page was last updated 2/8/2017.