MSAC Annual Meeting April 4, 2016 in Yankton

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SedimentNearSpringfield2015Hear sedimentation research updates concerning Lewis and Clark Lake from hydraulic engineer Paul Boyd, of the US Army Corps of Engineers – Omaha District, at the Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition’s Annual Meeting April 4 beginning at 11 a.m. at The Landing Restaurant event room in historic downtown Yankton. Topics of Boyd’s presentation include the flushing study, preliminary information on a dredging analysis report, a modeling study at Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River, and a new study looking at the downstream impacts of increasing sediment discharge from Gavins Point Dam along with an assessment of the impacts of long term sediment starvation below Dam.

MSAC recognizes the important role of research in finding solutions to sedimentation at Lewis and Clark Lake.

“News of another study can be discouraging to the public demanding that action be taken to address sediment at Lewis and Clark Lake. However, these are steps forward. It is encouraging we are thinking about what the impacts are downstream of the dam with discharging sediment,” said Sandra Stockholm, MSAC executive director. “Addressing sedimentation at Lewis and Clark Lake shouldn’t be a question of if it is done, but when and how.”

Answers to the public issue of accumulating sediment in Missouri River reservoirs are not found overnight. MSAC is recognizing the dedication of a university researcher to put forth ideas.

Join MSAC in applauding the research efforts of Howard Coker of Vermillion, as MSAC recognizes Coker as a Friend of the River. Since MSAC was founded in 2001, it has recognized four individuals and one organization as Friends of the River for their outstanding contributions in forging a path to educate the public about the problems caused by sediment accumulation and why the benefits provided by the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River are so precious.

For information on MSAC’s Friends of the River and the sedimentation problems in the Missouri River reservoirs visit: www.msaconline.com.

All MSAC members, potential members, and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend the annual meeting beginning at 11 a.m. April 4. Brief business items are on the agenda including the election of three individuals to the board of directors for three-year terms. The following three directors have terms which are expiring: Charlie Gross, at-large member; Butch Becker, representing individual members; and Randy Holmquist representing commercial members.

After the annual meeting, the public is also invited to join MSAC for its board of directors meeting at approximately 1:15 p.m. The Landing is located at 104 Capital Street in downtown Yankton. MSAC also will update attendees on the organization’s activities, future goals and recent developments involving sedimentation.