The Missouri Envirothon team competed with teams from 9 Canadian Provinces and 45 other States in the 2008 Canon Envirothon in Flagstaff, Arizona.  The team scored 604 points out of a possible 700 points placing them second and earning a $4,000 scholarship for each team member.



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July 10, 2008

New Project Announcement

Missouri River Recovery and Associated Sediment Management Issues


At the request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board has formed a new ad hoc committee to carry out a comprehensive study of sediment in and from the Missouri River basin.  Sediments from the Missouri River basin affect ecology and contaminant and nutrient loadings throughout the basin and as far as the Louisiana coast and the Gulf of Mexico.  Specific questions to be addressed are:

1) How and why is sediment a significant variable in the environmental restoration of a river system like the Missouri River?

2) What is the significance of the Missouri River sediments to the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia problem?

3) What is the significance of the Missouri River sediments to the restoration of Louisiana coastal wetlands?

4) What are the key environmental and economic considerations regarding nutrient loads and/or contaminants in Missouri River sediment?   To what extent can such issues be addressed with management strategies?

5) Are there long-term consequences to the lack of sediment in the system to the human environment, either environmentally or economically?

6) Are there alternatives for reintroducing sediment into the system?  What are they and what are the key constraints surrounding these alternatives?

7) Are current Corps' management strategies, restoration tools (e.g., channel widening, creation of chutes, shallow water habitat, etc.), and other activities adequate and comprehensive enough to address issues associated with sediment and nutrients in the system?  If not, how might such strategies and activities be improved?

Leonard Shabman, Resident Scholar with Resources for the Future, is the committee chair.  The study director is Laura Ehlers, WSTB senior staff officer (contact: or 919-530-1074).  The committee will meet five times during its 24-month tenure and the final report should be published in Summer 2010.  Members of this multidisciplinary committee are:

Leonard Shabman, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC

Thomas Dunne, University of California, Santa Barbara

David Galat, U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia, MO

William Graf, University of South Carolina, Columbia

Rollin Hotchkiss, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Carter Johnson, South Dakota State University, Brookings

Patricia F. McDowell, University of Oregon, Eugene

Robert Meade, U.S. Geological Survey (emeritus), Evergreen, CO

Roger Patterson, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles

Nicholas Pinter, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Sujoy Roy, Tetra Tech, Lafayette, CA

Donald Scavia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Sandra Zellmer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Attached to this e-mail is an announcement about a new study being conducted by the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board related to Sediment Issues in the Missouri River Basin.  You will find more information about the project at the following website:

The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for October 2-3, 2008, in St. Louis, MO, exact location to be determined.  There will be a public session on the afternoon of Thursday, October 2 to hear from stakeholders.

A listserve for the project is being created to provide regular updates on the committee’s meetings and progress.  If you would like to be a member of the listserve, please respond to Anita Hall ( with your name, affiliation, and e-mail address.

Laura J. Ehlers
Senior Staff Officer
Water Science and Technology Board
National Research Council
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

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