Finding solutions to the complex environmental and natural resource challenges facing the Upper Clark Fork River (UCFR) requires an informed and functional integration of science-driven understanding, stake holder engagement, and agency oversight and direction. The Montana University System (MUS)’sEPSCoR Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS) has identified the UCFR as a focal fluvial system with water quality challenges to be addressed by a team of interdisciplinary researchers in close partnership with State agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private institutions involved in and influenced by the ongoing remediation and restoration activities in the upper reaches of the river. The State and the MUS have worked together on UCFR issues in the past, but research and monitoring along the UCFR is multi-faceted, involving a number of institutions and intentions. There is need for a coordinated effort to align CREWS research and education activities directed at the UCFR with those of the State and other entities to maximize understanding and enrich the knowledge base for effective decision-making.
- Version 3.0
- Updated 4-1-2020