BOZEMAN – The Montana Water Center has recently unveiled a new website where visitors can go to find information about water resources and trainings, as well as water-related news from around the state. The center is a statewide organization housed within the Montana University System that helps identify, support and disseminate solutions that will help Montanans maintain healthy water resources.
The Montana Water Center is one of 54 federally funded water research institutes in the United States created by the Water Resources Act of 1964 which and collectively form the National Institutes for Water Resources. It is partnered with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, a statewide community of scholars with a shared vision to advance environmental sciences.
With contributions from the Institute on Ecosystems, MWC recently awarded $50,000 for its faculty seed grants and graduate student fellowships, which are intended to help conserve, understand and communicate the importance of our state's water resources.
The recently awarded faculty grants will assess water storage and flooding issues, evaluate the impact of climate change on water resources, and assess the use of biofilm engineering to improve waster water treatment systems in Montana. The MWC’s student fellows will be studying public health, wildfire’s relationship to water, landscape evolution and conservation of native trout.
For more information on the Montana Water Center, contact Wyatt Cross, MSU associate professor of ecology and director of the Montana Water Center, (406) 994-2473, email@example.com.