Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Summary of Monitoring Findings for Fiscal Year 2002: Preface
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Summary of Monitoring Findings for Fiscal Year 2002


The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) was authorized under the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-662) as an element of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Environmental Management Program. The LTRMP is being implemented by the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, a U.S. Geological Survey science center, in cooperation with the five Upper Mississippi River System (UMRS) States of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides guidance and has overall Program responsibility. The mode of operation and respective roles of the agencies are outlined in a 1988 Memorandum of Agreement.

The UMRS encompasses the commercially navigable reaches of the Upper Mississippi River, as well as the Illinois River and navigable portions of the Kaskaskia, Black, St. Croix, and Minnesota Rivers. Congress has declared the UMRS to be both a nationally significant ecosystem and a nationally significant commercial navigation system. The mission of the LTRMP is to provide decision makers with information for maintaining the UMRS as a sustainable large river ecosystem given its multiple-use character. The long-term goals of the Program are to understand the system, determine resource trends and effects, develop management alternatives, manage information, and develop useful products.

This report summarizes monitoring activities of the Long Term Resources Monitoring Program during 2002. Selected, notable findings pertaining to annual results for hydrology, water quality, fish, macroinvertebrates, and vegetation are summarized and interpreted. This report satisfies, for 2002, Goal 2, Monitor Resource Change, Objective 2.3, Synthesize and Evaluate Monitoring Data, as specified in the Operating Plan for the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1993). Preparation of this report was funded by the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program.

Suggested citation

Heglund, P., J. Fischer, R. Gaugush, B. Ickes, B. Johnson, L. Robinson, J. Rogala, J. Sauer, and Y. Yin. 2004. Summary of monitoring findings for Fiscal Year 2002: Long Term Resource Monitoring Program of the Upper Mississippi River System. U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin. An LTRMP Web-based report available online at http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/reports_publications/
. (Accessed February 2004.)

February 5, 2004
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