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A builing body of research is indicating that near-channel sediments are a significant contributor to our sedimentation and turbidity challenges: however, meaningful near-channel source sediment reductions are extremely challenging. The forum explored the history, drivers, and consequences of our near-channel erosion conundrum. The presentations listed below are made available to help explain the erosional processes, management options, and prioritization strategies. This forum was sponsored by the Minnesota River Board and the Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


The Near Channel Sediment Source Challenge - Welcome Opening Comments
Dr. Shannon Fisher, Executive Director and Associate Professor
Minnesot River Board and Water Resources Center

Role of Geomorphic and Recent History on Near-Channel Erosion
Dr. Karen Gran, Assistan Professor
Department of Geologic Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth

More Erosive Rivers: Consequences and Drivers
Dr. Shawn Schottler, Senior Scientist
Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Watershed Research Station
Phone:(651) 433-5953 ext, 18 or by email: schottler@smm.org
Contact Dr. Shawn Schottler for questions concerning his presentation

Management Options for Bluff and Ravine Erosion
Paul Nelson, Administrator, Scott Watershed Management Organization
Marty Melchior, Stream Ecologist, Inter-Fluve, Inc.

Working with Landowners in the Blakely Ravines
Willie Peters, Engineering Technician
Scott Soil and Water Conservation District

Understanding and Evaluating Sediment Source Mechanisms and Contributions
Todd Kolander, Clean Water Legacy Specialist
MN Department of Natural Resources

Prioritization and Strategies To Address Near-Stream Sediment Source Management
Dr. David Mulla, W.E. Larson Chair and Professor
University of Minnesota

Development of Prioritization Tools and Strategies for Reduction of Near-Channel Sediment
Dr. Christian Lenhart, Research Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota

Steep Terrain Riparian Management: Exploring a Balanced Approach
Dr. Joseph Magner, Research Scientist, MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Research Professor, University of Minnesota

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