The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Commission (MRC) announced today that its annual High-Water Inspection Trip has officially been canceled.

Four public meetings had been scheduled aboard the motor vessel Mississippi in selected towns along the river. Commission members meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. All dates below have now been completely canceled due to the ongoing response to COVID-19:

• March 30         9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            New Madrid, Mo. (City Front)

• March 31         9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            Memphis, Tenn. (Beale Street Landing)

• April 1              9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            Greenville, Miss. (City Front)

• April 3              9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            New Orleans (New Orleans District Dock)

The scheduled agenda for each canceled public meeting was to be:

• The president of the commission provides a summary report on national and regional issues affecting the Army Corps of Engineers and commission programs and projects on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

• District commander provides an overview for the commission on current project issues in the respective area.

• Local organizations and members of the public provide comments on issues affecting the commission and Corps of Engineers programs and projects.

The Mississippi River Commission, established in 1879, is composed of seven members, each nominated by the president and vetted by the Senate. Three of the organization's members are officers of the Corps of Engineers; one is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and three members are civilians, two of whom are civil engineers.

The Mississippi River Commission brings critical engineering representation to the drainage basin, which impacts 41% of the U.S. and includes 1.25 million square miles, over 250 tributaries, 31 states and two Canadian provinces.