NEW MADRID - The Mississippi River Commission will stop in New Madrid as part of its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River.
The New Madrid stop is one of four public meeting scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues.
The New Madrid meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday on the boat which will be docked along the riverfront.
Other meetings are set for Tuesday, Tunica, Miss. at Tunica River Park; Wednesday at Vicksburg, Miss., at City Front; and Thursday, at New Orleans' Corps of Engineers' Dock at foot of Prytania Street.
All meetings are open to the public. Local interests are invited to present their views and suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley including flood control and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation and navigation.
As part of the meeting, the president of the commission will present a summary of national and regional issues affecting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and commission programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Also the district commander will present an overview of current project issues in his district.
Local organizations and members of the public will then have an opportunity to make presentations or offer views or comments on any issue affecting programs or projects of the commission and the Corps.
R.D. James of New Madrid serves as one of the civilian members of the commission.