Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


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Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Program, Fish Community Monitoring and Habitat Assessment of Off-channel Mitigation Sites, Section I. Introduction, Fish Sampling Methods, Chute Analytical Methods and References


Copyright 2009


The Missouri River has been developed for flood control, commercial navigation, irrigation, fish and wildlife conservation, municipal water supply, water quality control and hydropower production through a series of congressional acts. However, prior to development, the lower Missouri River was characterized by a highly sinuous to braided channel with abundant log jams, sand bars, secondary channels and cut-off channels. Construction of the Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project (BSNP) converted the lower Missouri River into a narrow, self scouring channel. The active channel downstream of Sioux City, Iowa was as wide as 1.8 km before river modification, but is now confined to a 91.4 m channel. Total river and floodplain habitat altered or destroyed by the BSNP is estimated at 211,246 hectares.