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Learn more about the potential future of Lewis and Clark Lake and sediment accumulation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Springfield Community Center, 605 8th Street in Springfield. The educational meeting is free and open to the public.

Principal investigator Tim Cowman will present findings of the Missouri River Institute (MRI) research from 2013 along with a description of continuing work at the Lewis and Clark Lake Delta. The Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition requested MRI to research dynamics of sediment deposition and biologic diversity throughout the delta. MSAC hopes the information will illustrate which areas are better for sediment removal, as well as where watershed management would be most beneficial to reducing sediment input to the delta.

In 2013, MRI produced a series of visual products showing the impacts of historical and anticipated future sediment accumulation in the Lewis and Clark Lake Delta near Springfield. Products were the result of research that analyzed delta-related data provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other sources, as well as data collected during field visits to the delta and surrounding area.

The research for both projects was made possible by two 319 Watershed Information and Education grants awarded to MSAC. During the month of June and through July 4th, MSAC has an informational display posted at the Springfield Historical Society Museum, which features artwork illustrating the future of Lewis and Clark Lake from two vantage points if sediment continues to build at the current rate.

“We encourage people to stop by the museum this month to learn more about the potential future of Lewis and Clark Lake. The future of Lewis and Clark Lake is yet to be determined, however, it is important to us to illustrate to the public what will happen to the lake if we continue on the same path. Learn what that path is, what it looks like and how it could change by coming to the presentation June 29th,” said Sandy Stockholm, MSAC executive director.

To schedule a tour of the museum call a museum volunteer. The museum is scheduled to be open at 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. when the presentation begins at the small room of the community center on Wednesday, June 29. Look for other museum hours around the July 4th holiday weekend. The Museum is located on Eighth Street (or main street) about one block west of the community center.

MSAC, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, recently opened its office at 100 Douglas, Suite 103 in Yankton. MSAC was formed in June of 2001. For more information, visit www.msaconline.com.  Also visit us on FaceBook. Viewing of the display and June 29th presentation at the community center are free and open to the public.