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Text Box: The Training Conference will be December 1-3, 2008, at Tan-Tar-A Resort.  Registration will be handled on-line through the MASWCD web site.  Look for the registration information to be up and running by mid-September.  Opening Session for the conference will be Monday evening with special door prize drawings at the Opening Session as well as in the Trade Show.  DNR will be reimbursing the Supervisors’ costs for registration, hotel and meals.  Watch the web site for more information.




























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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: lehlers@nas.edu 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



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