externally Identified information needs
One of the goals of the Montana Water Center is to encourage collaboration between university faculty and graduate students and state and federal agencies, and to connect university research to key information needs of entities across the state with significant focus on water resources. The following topics are research interests identified by some of these entities.
US geological survey
The USGS would welcome collaboration with students and faculty on these or other topics:
- Using DNA technology to understand the interaction between microbial communities and the water and substrate where they occur (streams, aquifers, hot springs, etc.)
- Using geospatial models and remote-sensed and citizen-provided data to estimate hydrologic characteristics and response to stresses
- Using hydroacoustics to estimate metallic contaminants in mine-affected rivers in Montana
For more information, contact John Kilpatrick at the USGS MT-WY Water Science Center, firstname.lastname@example.org; 406-457-5902
Montana watershed coordination council
The MWCC and the Clark Fork and Kootenai Rivers Basin Council would welcome partnership with university faculty and graduate students to develop a demonstration project integrating the assessment and management of water quality and water quantity within the Basin. Topics might include but not be limited to: finding common ground between the needs and requirements outlined in the Intergrated Water Quality Report (DEQ) and the Montana State Water Plan (DNRC); outlining shared principles, protocols or guidance; creating an integrated management plan based on these shared principles.
For more information, contact Erin Farris-Olsen at MWCC, email@example.com; 406-475-1420.
MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
The MT DNRC has identified the following topics as information needs:
- Research on aquifer storage and recharge dynamics, including irrigation and return flow, to improve process understanding and improve accuracy of hydrologic models, particularly for streamflow modeling during extended drought. Contact: Larry Dolan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-444-6627
- Research into the impact of water policy and law on irrigation management, including operational spills and other losses. Contact: Larry Dolan, email@example.com, 406-444-6627
- Applying social-ecological systems perspectives to drought and other water resource issues, including assessing multi-scale drought issues and incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Contact: Michael Downey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-444-9748
- Research on relevant metrics to define and predict drought in Montana. Contact: Michael Downey, email@example.com, 406-444-9748
The MWC would like to grow this list and build further potential for collaboration. For questions or to contribute content, please contact Whitney Lonsdale, firstname.lastname@example.org; 406-994-4454.