Ecoregion: Rivers – Streams

  1. Connections II Workshop Summer 2014

    July 9 – 10, 2014
    Bureau of Land Management – Montana/Dakotas State Office
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, Montana

    For more information, contact Mike Olson at

    Project investigators Steve Krentz, Bob Gresswell, Kathy Chase and Chris Merkord respond to questions from technical committee members related to large rivers and streams research during the first Connections Workshop. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Project investigators Steve Krentz, Bob Gresswell, Kathy Chase and Chris Merkord respond to questions from technical committee members related to large rivers and streams research during the first Connections Workshop. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    We connect science and people. This July 9 – 10, 2014, the LCC will host its second Connections Workshop in Billings, Montana, to promote continued collaboration between scientists, managers, communicators and policy experts. Researchers and scientists will present and draw connections between more than 12 cutting edge projects supported by the LCC.  In addition to drawing linkages between terrestrial and aquatic resource challenges and opportunities, workshop participants will also participate in a session focused on the partnership’s priorities of land-use change and human dimensions.

    “Connections II” Workshop Save the Date

    • Connect Technical Committee members to researchers
    • Connect the work of your LCC with those who can use it
    • Connect the work on aquatic systems to terrestrial systems
    • Connect on-the-ground conservation efforts with the science to support those efforts
    • Connect our past and on-going efforts to potential future projects

    “This is guaranteed to be another great opportunity to improve your partnership by actively participating in discussions related to on-going and recently completed research supported by your LCC,” said Mike Olson, LCC Science Coordinator.

    The workshop will feature presentations related to research on aquatic and terrestrial systems by representatives from multiple agencies and organizations. The workshop will begin at 8:00 a.m., July 9, and conclude at 12:00 p.m., July 10, 2014.

    Local hotels include:

    Best Western Plus – 4915 Southgate Drive Phone: 406/256-9400
    Hampton Inn Billings – Southgate Drive Phone 406/248-4949
    Sleep Inn Billings – 4904 Southgate Drive Phone 406/254-0013

  2. Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Structured Decision Making Workshop 2014

    August 12 – 14, 2014
    For more information, contact Gwen White at

    Maintain a working landscape—and design a landscape that works—for water quality, wildlife and people

    The Mississippi-Atchafalaya River plumes are visible here as they empty into the Gulf of Mexico NASA

    The Mississippi-Atchafalaya River plumes are visible here as they empty into the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of NASA.

    Recent extensive new tile drainage and reversion of Conservation Reserve Program lands to cropland in the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC geography as a result of high commodity prices suggest that those states may contribute excessive nutrients through the Missouri River drainage in the very near future. States within the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC geography already contribute the greatest nutrient load to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone through downstream states in the greater Mississippi River watershed. We need to solve these problems in a way that appeals to the upstream communities who may implement changes in land and water use by designing practices that fulfill both local conservation needs and downstream Gulf of Mexico impacts.

    Seven LCCs are working together to identify key scientific uncertainties associated with design and management of a sustainable ecosystem/floodplain landscape that provides multiple benefits for agricultural productivity, water quality, and wildlife conservation—both locally and in the Gulf of Mexico. Online meetings through the summer are preparing for a Mississippi River Basin / Gulf Hypoxia Structured Decision Making Workshop to be held August 12 – 14, 2014 in a central U.S. location that will convene 40 key representatives integrating a range of perspectives.

    The ultimate goal of this multi-LCC effort is to prioritize agricultural conservation areas by mapping the most cost-effective and receptive places for implementing practices with multiple benefits, such as the intersection of watersheds where each of the following factors is high:

    1. Nutrient export to the Gulf of Mexico;
    2. Wildlife habitat value, particularly grassland birds and riparian species;
    3. Social capacity to network and provide extension, as well as visibility of the project to propagate adoption and promotion of the practices and economic drivers for conservation practices; and
    4. Optimal siting of conservation practices using stakeholder on desirable water quality, economic, and ecological impacts.

    The effort is designed to be complementary to the principles and goals of the Hypoxia Task Force, Mississippi River Basin Initiative, and similar existing efforts, with a common mission to reduce nutrient loading through watershed and effectively achieve water quality benefits both locally and in the Gulf of Mexico, but with an integrated focus on habitat conservation.

  3. Landscape Patterns Environmental Quality Analysis

    Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

    The Landscapes Patterns project is intended to provide support to multiple organizations with an interest in achieving environmental outcomes on landscapes of varying scales in the north-west part of the North American continent in general, and in Alberta in particular. The project undertook a literature review of publications that show a relationship between human land use and land use patterns and the qualitative state of various parts of the environment. Most published research focuses on wildlife species and water quality.

    Deliverables include a report and annotated bibliography, a citations spreadsheet and a presentation.

    Various map files were also produced as part of the project. The intent is to set up a spatial or keyword searchable function on the LC Map website and to allow website users to add citations to the citations and bibliographic database.

    A second phase of the project will involve collaboration among the funding parties regarding ways in which landscape metrics can be used to support environmental outcomes in land use and conservation planning.

  4. Targeting wetland restoration and conservation to improve water quality while maximizing agricultural production in the Souris River watershed

    Ducks Unlimited, Inc.,
    Ducks Unlimited Canada, Province of Manitoba

    The Souris River watershed spans more than 23,000 square miles (61,000 square kilometers) across Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Manitoba. The funding will support a cross-jurisdictional study led by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Province of Manitoba researchers that will combine current and historic wetland inventories and examine water quality trends across watersheds with varying levels of wetland cover. Non-point source pollution from the Souris River watershed has been known to impact water quality throughout the watershed including the adjoining Assiniboine River and Lake Winnipeg.

  5. State Wildlife Action Plan revisions addressing climate change

    Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; South Dakota Game Fish and Parks; Wyoming Game, Fish and Parks
    March 2010 – June 2012

    The states of Iowa, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming have used LCC funding to support the revision of their individual State Wildlife Actions Plans to accommodate for the potential impacts of climate change.  Each state received $10,000 in funding from the LCC to support this effort. The completed plans can be found at

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