Tom Dunne co-authors Missouri River Management Report

National Science Council Report Review and Suggests Management Alternatives for Missouri River

In a new National Research Council report, Bren professor Tom Dunne and his co-authors on the Committee on Missouri River Recovery and Associated Management Issues call for a better understanding of the processes of sediment transport and deposition, as well as erosion, on the Missouri River. That knowledge, they say in Missouri River Planning: Recognizing and Incorporating Sediment Management, will be useful in furthering such management objectives as protecting endangered species and developing water-quality standards.

The movement of sediment in the river is important to a variety of river processes, but dams and river-bank control structures on the Missouri and its tributaries substantially reduce sediment flows, resulting in loss of habitat for several native species of birds and fish. The report describes the historic role of sediment in the river, evaluates current habitat restoration strategies, and suggests possible future management alternatives.

The Division on Earth & Life Sciences within the National Academy of Sciences produces sixty to seventy reports per year; each is an authoritative expert evaluation produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to a address a particular task. The experts on each committee are vetted to ensure that it has the necessary range of expertise, and the reports are peer-reviewed to ensure that they have fully addressed the assigned task.

Read the key findings.

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