FISH AND WILDLIFE INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE
FISH AND WILDLIFE COMPONENT
RECOMMENDATION 39. As the GREAT II recommendations regarding dredging and main channel modifications are implemented, frequent consultation will be needed on fish and wildlife resources. A specific coordinating team will be needed to respond quickly in providing direction as to which course of action will protect fish and wildlife resources. This will minimize delays when responsive direction and consultations are needed. In addition, there will be a continuing need for coordination of broad scope river management studies and investigations. Such an inter-agency group will be critical in developing and facilitating research too comprehensive for any one agency to handle.
A Fish and Wildlife Interagency Committee (FWIC) should be designated and funded to provide coordination regarding fish and wildlife matters associated with main channel dredging, dredged material disposal, physical river modifications, backwater modifications, and river management studies and investigations. The FWIC should be composed of fish and wildlife biologists from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, USFWS and COE. Initially this committee will be chaired by USFWS. Member agencies should provide funds necessary for their participation.
Specific areas where the FWIC should provide such coordination are to:
• Define fish and wildlife management objectives.
•Develop and recommend a comprehensive fish and wildlife management plan for the entire GREAT II reach (based on the above objectives).
•Consider the development of a fish and wildlife management plan for Pool 19 as highest priority (see Fish and Wildlife Discussion, Chapter 2).
• Ensure compatibility of all FWIC activities with those of the UMRBC in the development of UMR resource management plans to avoid duplication of efforts in the collection or dissemination of data (see Recommendations 52 and 53).
• Analyze any proposed introductions of organisms not native to the UMR corridor to determine compatibility with the integrity of the native communities before they are introduced. An agreement between agencies should be established through the UMRCC for providing direction for new species introductions. Suitability for continued use of already established exotic species should be determined, and a restrictive list should be created for those found not desirable.
The FWIC will also coordinate and develop recommendations regarding the operation and maintenance of the navigation channel. This function is specifically addressed in the Channel Maintenan