In developing their recommendations, the UMRBA Water Quality Task Force and regional partners identified three important guiding factors.
- There should be a reasonable likelihood that any recommendation would really be implemented.
- Recommendations that require policy or legislative changes are not likely to occur in the near term.
- Finally, recommendations can be phased over time, so a recommendation should not be ignored simply because it may take longer to implement.
UMRBA concluded that there should be consistent fish consumption advisories on the Upper Mississippi River among border states and that the states evaluate common contaminants and fish species and use the same methodologies.