A number of individuals involved in the preservation of the Missouri River will present lectures beginning at 9 a.m. in the Hoy and Frankenfeld rooms at the Coyote Student Center (CSC).�Posters of research activity along the Missouri River will also be on display throughout the day in the CSC.�
In conjunction with the symposium, a special lecture will take place in the Al Neuharth Media Center Freedom Forum Room at 7 p.m. The lecture, titled "Benefits and Costs of Naturalizing Large, Regulated Rivers," will be presented by Richard E. Sparks, director of research for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center at the University of Illinois.� �
The Missouri River Institute develops and promotes scholarly research, education, and public awareness related to the natural and cultural resources of the Missouri River basin.�The sixth annual Missouri River Institute Research Symposium focuses on the work being done to preserve the last remaining portion of the river that has been unmodified by dams.
This 59-mile section runs through Vermillion, from the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton to Ponca State Park in Nebraska. This stretch has been named as the Missouri National Recreational River.�