Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries

Big Rivers

Much of the aquatic habitat of the Upper Mississippi River Basin is degraded, and many fish and mussel species are endangered, threatened, or imperiled. Habitat alteration for river navigation, agriculture, and other forms of development are major causes. Because of the magnitude and geographic extent of the issues, Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) works collaboratively with our partners in the basin to collectively identify, plan, and address threats to fish and wildlife resources and conserve and enhance aquatic habitat.  We participate on multi-agency teams to address habitat needs on the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers. We work primarily through U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) programs including the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program, the Environmental Management Program, and the River Resources Action Team. We also participate in activities through the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, Upper Mississippi River Coordinating Council, Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, and Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association Paddlefish/Sturgeon Committee. In addition, we work with the USACE and the Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup toward recovery of pallid sturgeon.