Learn about river projects May 7

Learn about river projects May 7 The National Park Service has announced that the annual Missouri National Recreational River Open House will occur on Saturday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Yankton's Riverside Park.

These annual gatherings, hosted jointly by the National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serve to inform residents from Fort Randall to Ponca, NE about the array of agency operations and undertakings on the middle Missouri River in the coming summer.

Representatives from both agencies along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be present to discuss such matters as the National Park Service's riverbank assessment project, native mussels of the Missouri River, endangered species habitat restoration, and the ongoing and highly successful riverfront cleanup effort.

A "Friend of the Missouri River" award will also be presented. This recognition is given from time to time to honor a local resident for noteworthy contributions to the preservation or enhancement of the Missouri National Recreational River. This year's recipient is a Yankton resident whose name is being withheld until noon on May 7.

The Missouri National Recreational River is a Congressionally designated Wild and Scenic River dating from 1978. Preserving riverine functions and related natural and cultural resources within its two segments is a prime management objective for the National Park Service and its partners.

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