Experts will discuss Missouri River issues

Experts will discuss Missouri River issues The public is invited to an in depth explanation of the past, present and future of the Missouri River at the fourth annual Missouri River Research Symposium at The University of South Dakota.

On Feb. 4, the Missouri River Institute at the university will host the all-day event in the Hoy Room of the Coyote Student Center in Vermillion.

Faculty members and students at USD, along with invited guests from the National Park Service and the new Missouri National Recreational River Research and Education Center at Ponca, NE, will present papers. The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with posters and displays in the adjoining Frankenfeld Room.

This year, symposium papers and posters cover crucial issues facing the Missouri River, including water quality, sedimentation, channel movement, bank stabilization, endangered species and environments and threatened archaeological and historical sites. In addition, the Geological Survey of South Dakota will display some of the deep cores from a recent drilling test near Elk Point that reveal exciting new information about the region's past.

The climax of the day will be the Missouri River Institute Special Lecture, to be held in historic Farber Hall at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). The speaker is John H. Davidson, professor of law at The University of South Dakota, who will present a lecture titled "Sound Science and the Struggle over Law and Policy on the Missouri River."

Davidson's distinguished work in the complex and very emotive field of Missouri River studies makes this a particularly important event, so we invite all interested members of the public to attend.

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