16 U.S. Code § 460zz–2 - Mississippi River Coordinating Commission

(a) Establishment
There is hereby established a Mississippi River Coordinating Commission whose purpose shall be to assist Federal, State, and local authorities in the development and implementation of an integrated resource management plan for those lands and waters as specified in section 460zz–1 of this title. The Commission shall consist of the following 22 members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior:
(1) The Director of the National Park Service, or his designee.
(2) The Chief of the Corps of Engineers, or his designee.
(3) The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, or his designee.
(4) Three individuals, from recommendations by the Governor of Minnesota, to represent the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, and Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.
(5) One individual, to represent the Minnesota Historical Society.
(6) One individual, to represent the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area.
(7) Four elected officials, to represent the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
(8) Four elected officials, from recommendations by the Governor of Minnesota, to represent the interests of the other affected municipalities and counties.
(9) One individual, to represent the Metropolitan Parks and Open Spaces Commission.
(10) One individual, from recommendations by the Governor of Minnesota, to represent the interests of commercial navigation.
(11) Four individuals, from recommendations by the Governor of Minnesota, to be chosen from the general public.
(b) Terms
(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), members (other than ex officio members) shall be appointed for terms of three years.
(2) Of the members first appointed—
(A) Under paragraph (4) of subsection (a) of this section:
(i) One shall be appointed for a term of one year.
(ii) One shall be appointed for a term of two years.
(B) Under paragraphs (7) and (8) of subsection (a) of this section, one shall be appointed for a term of one year.
(C) Under paragraph (11) of subsection (a) of this section:
(i) One shall be appointed for a term of one year.
(ii) One shall be appointed for a term of two years.
(iii) One shall be appointed for a term of four years.
(3) Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term. A member may serve after the expiration of his term until his successor has taken office.
(c) Compensation
Members of the Commission shall serve without pay. While away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Commission, members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in Government service are allowed expenses under section 5703 of title 5.
(d) Chairperson
The Chairperson of the Commission shall be appointed by the Secretary from among the members of the Commission nominated by the Governor of Minnesota and shall serve for a term of three years.
(e) Quorum
Twelve members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum.
(f) Meetings
The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chairman  [1] or a majority of its members.
(g) Development of policies and programs
As a coordinator and advisory organization, the Commission shall assist the Secretary, the State of Minnesota and local units of government, endeavoring to use existing Federal, State, regional, and local plans and programs where consistent with the intent and goals of this part, in developing the following:
(1) Policies and programs for the preservation and enhancement of the environmental values of the Area.
(2) Policies and programs for enhanced public outdoor recreation opportunities in the Area.
(3) Policies and programs for the conservation and protection of the scenic, historical, cultural, natural and scientific values of the Area.
(4) Policies and programs for the commercial utilization of the Area and its related natural resources, consistent with the protection of the values for which the Area is established as the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
(h) Staff
The Secretary shall provide the Commission with such staff and technical assistance as the Secretary, after consultation with the Commission, considers appropriate to enable the Commission to carry out its duties. Upon request of the Secretary, any Federal agency may provide information, personnel, property, and services on a reimbursable basis, to the Commission to assist in carrying out its duties under this part. The Secretary may accept the services of personnel detailed from the State of Minnesota or any political subdivision of the State and may reimburse the State or such political subdivision for such services. The Commission may procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109 (b) of title 5.
(i) Plan
Within 3 years after appointment of the full membership of the Commission, the Commission shall submit to the Secretary and the Governor of Minnesota a comprehensive plan for land and water use measures for the area to be developed and implemented by the responsible Federal agencies, the State of Minnesota, and local political subdivisions. The plan shall endeavor to use existing Federal, State, regional, and local plans and where consistent with the intent and goals of this part shall coordinate those plans to present a unified comprehensive plan for the Area. The plan shall include but not be limited to each of the following:
(1) A program for management of existing and future land and water use which—
(A) considers and details the application of a variety of land and water protection and management techniques;
(B) includes a policy statement for the use of Federal, State, and local regulatory responsibilities to manage land and water resources in a manner consistent with the purposes of this part; and
(C) recognizes existing economic activities within the area  [2] and provides for the management of such activities, including barge transportation and fleeting and those indigenous industries and commercial and residential developments which are consistent with the findings and purposes of this part.
(2) A program providing for coordinated implementation and administration of the plan with proposed assignment of responsibilities to the appropriate governmental unit at the Federal, State, regional and local levels, including each of the following:
(A) Ways in which local, regional, State, and Federal policies and permits may better be coordinated to the goals and policies of this part.
(B) A financial plan to provide and support the public improvements and services recommended in the plan; and a mechanism for coordinating local, regional, State, and Federal planning to promote the purposes of this part.
(C) How the goals and policies of the management plan will be compatible with the existing channel maintenance program on the Mississippi River, and the existing Federal, State, regional, and local programs and goals on the Minnesota and Saint Croix Rivers.
(D) The provisions of the Clean Water Act [33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.] and the Safe Drinking Water Act (title XIV of the Public Health Service Act) [42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.] which pertain to the surface waters of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
(3) A coordination and consistency component which details the ways in which local, State, and Federal programs and policies may best be coordinated to promote the purposes of this part.
(4) A program for the coordination and consolidation, to the extent feasible, of permits that may be required by Federal, State, and local agencies having jurisdiction over land and waters within the Area.
(j) Development of plan
(1) In developing the plan the Commission shall consult on a regular basis with appropriate officials of any local government or Federal or State agency which has jurisdiction over lands and waters within the Area.
(2) In developing the plan the Commission shall consult with interested conservation, business, professional and citizen organizations.
(3) In developing the plan the Commission shall conduct public hearings within the Area, and at such other places as may be appropriate, for the purposes of providing interested persons with the opportunity to testify with respect to matters to be addressed by the plan.
(k) Approval of plan
The Commission shall submit the plan to the Secretary and the Governor of Minnesota, for their review. The Governor shall act on the plan within 90 days and shall submit the plan to the Secretary along with any recommendations. The Secretary shall approve or disapprove the plan within 90 days. In reviewing the plan the Secretary shall consider each of the following:
(1) The adequacy of public participation.
(2) Assurances of plan implementation from State and local officials.
(3) The adequacy of regulatory and financial tools that are in place to implement the plan.
(4) Plan provisions for continuing oversight of the plan implementation by the Secretary and the Governor of Minnesota.
If the Secretary disapproves the plan, he shall, within 60 days after the date of such disapproval advise the Governor and Commission in writing of the reasons therefor, together with his recommendations for revision. The Commission shall within 90 days of receipt of such notice of disapproval revise and resubmit the plan to the Governor for his review. Following his review, the Governor shall submit the revised plan, together with any recommendations he may have, to the Secretary who shall approve or disapprove the revision within 60 days.
(l) Interim program
Prior to the adoption of the Commission’s plan, the Secretary and the Commission shall monitor all land and water use activities within the Area to ensure that said activities are in keeping with the purposes of this part, and shall advise and cooperate with the appropriate Federal, State, and local governmental entities to minimize adverse impacts on the values for which the Area is established.
(m) Commission review
The Commission shall assist the Secretary and the Governor of Minnesota in reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the plan by Federal, State, and local governmental agencies having jurisdiction in the Area. The Commission may, after providing, for public comment and subject to the review and approval, as set forth in subsection (k) of this section, modify said plan, if the Commission determines that such modification is necessary to further the purposes of this part.
(n) Termination of Commission
The Commission shall terminate on the date 10 years after November 18, 1988. Following termination of the Commission the State is authorized to establish a State Commission which shall exercise the functions and authorities described in subsection (m) of this section. The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Army are authorized and directed to participate as members of such State Commission.


[1]  So in original. Probably should be “Chairperson”.

[2]  So in original. Probably should be capitalized.

Source

(Pub. L. 100–696, title VII, § 703,Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4600; Pub. L. 101–40, § 4(2),June 20, 1989, 103 Stat. 82; Pub. L. 102–525, title III, § 302,Oct. 26, 1992, 106 Stat. 3441.)
References in Text

The Clean Water Act, referred to in subsec. (i)(2)(D), is act June 30, 1948, ch. 758, as amended generally by Pub. L. 92–500, § 2,Oct. 18, 1972, 86 Stat. 816, also known as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, which is classified generally to chapter 26 (§ 1251 et seq.) of Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1251 of Title 33 and Tables.
The Safe Drinking Water Act, referred to in subsec. (i)(2)(D), is title XIV of act July 1, 1944, as added Pub. L. 93–523, § 2(a),Dec. 16, 1974, 88 Stat. 1660, as amended, which is classified generally to subchapter XII (§ 300f et seq.) of chapter 6A of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 201 of Title 42 and Tables.
Amendments

1992—Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 102–525substituted “3 years after appointment of the full membership of the Commission” for “3 years after November 18, 1988”.
1989—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 101–40substituted “and shall serve” for “to serve”.

 

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