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July 10, 2008
New Project Announcement
the request of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the
1) How and why is sediment a significant variable in
the environmental restoration of a river system like the
2) What is the significance of the
3) What is the significance of the Missouri River
sediments to the restoration of
4) What are the key environmental and economic
considerations regarding nutrient loads and/or contaminants in
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
Patricia F. McDowell,
Robert Meade, U.S. Geological Survey (emeritus), Evergreen, CO
Roger Patterson, Metropolitan
Water District of Southern California,
Nicholas Pinter, Southern
Sujoy Roy, Tetra Tech,