Current UMRCC activities are governed by an Executive Board which consists of one voting representative from each of the five UMR states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. Chairmanship of the Executive Board rotates from year to year.
Also on the Board are nonvoting members consisting of
- five Technical Committee Chairmen (Fisheries, Wildlife, OREIT, Water Quality, Mussels, and Law Enforcement)
- two committees (Vegetation, Invasive carp),
- an observer from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge,
- and the UMRCC Coordinator.
The Executive Board meets biannually to prioritize UMRCC conservation-oriented activities and issues which are carried out by the Coordinator and the Technical Sections.
In addition to the state conservation agencies and the Fish and Wildlife Service, several other organizations participate as cooperators.
Professionals from the three US Army Corps of Engineers districts (St. Paul, Minnesota, Rock Island, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri) are represented on the Technical Sections and provide support to many UMRCC activities.
Government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and state natural resource departments are key contributors to the UMRCC.
Other organizations such as the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, The Nature Conservancy, The Izaac Walton League of America, and The Audubon Society also participate in UMRCC functions