July 11-12, 2002


ITEM 116-1004-R0702��������������� Approval of Proposal to Create the Center of Riverine Science and Stream Re-naturalization for the Maintenance and Remediation of River Function in Landscapes; The University of Montana-Missoula


THAT:�������������������������������������� The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes The University of Montana to create a Center of Riverine Science and Stream Re-naturalization for the Maintenance and Remediation of River Function in Landscapes.


EXPLANATION:����������������������� The Center for Riverine Science and Stream Re-naturalization (CRSSR)will focus interdisciplinary teaching and research on natural and affected stream systems.� It will assist University of Montana researchers with linking to appropriate Montana and federal agencies and research laboratories and private companies.� The Center will: 1) develop funding to add research and assessment components to on-going or proposed cooperating stream modification projects (including evaluations of the cost effectiveness of best management practices); 2) use innovative science, research, and creativity to address issues related to maintenance of river function, multiple use, and environmental soundness within varied landscapes; and 3) develop creative methods and economically-sound, innovative solutions to rehabilitate physically-, geochemically-, and biologically-affected river systems.


Maintenance and re-naturalization of river systems in Montana and the country require research and educational teams across the boundaries of traditional science departments.� Establishing the CRSSR will create an organized structure at The University of Montana that will enable researchers to develop jointly new and innovative approaches to river restoration and re-naturalization.� The Center will include faculty from the Missoula and the Butte campuses, including the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. CRSSRwill also encourage cooperative affiliates, including appropriate faculty and researchers from other universities, Montana and other state agencies, federal agencies, and private industries.� By sharing common interests, effort, and combined resources, the Center will enhance project development, collaborative efforts, extramural funding, and research training.


The completed signature page resides on file at the President�s Office, The University of Montana-Missoula.