This illustration projects where the sediment delta would be in 150 years at Lewis and Clark Lake if nothing changes in regards to the way sediment is managed. This illustration was part of a project MSAC requested from the Missouri River Institute in Vermillion.
This illustration projects where the sediment delta would be in 150 years at Lewis and Clark Lake if nothing changes in regards to the way sediment is managed. This illustration was part of a project MSAC requested from the Missouri River Institute in Vermillion.

Learn more about the potential future of Lewis and Clark Lake and sediment accumulation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Fire Hall meeting room in Niobrara, Nebraska.

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 August, MSAC will have an informational display posted at the Niobrara Mall, which features illustrations of the potential future of Lewis and Clark Lake. The presentation August 23 will also include historical imagery near Niobrara.

“We encourage people to stop by the mall in August 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 August 23rd,” said Sandy Stockholm, MSAC executive director.

The Mall is located just south of Highway 12 in Niobrara. The Fire Hall is about one block south of the Highway.

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 the August 23rd presentation at the Fire Hall are free and open to the public.