Report on river's health for scientists, public

The state of the Clark Fork River will top the agenda at a symposium Friday through Sunday at the University of Montana.

The fourth Clark Fork River Symposium begins at 8:45 a.m. Friday with a scientific report on the river's health, presented by scientists from the University of Montana and the Montana Department of Natural Resources.

That presentation is in UM's Continuing Education Building. Fee for the full conference is $20.

Another, less technical version of the report - more suitable for the general public - will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday in UM's North Underground Lecture Hall. That program is free.

Symposium organizer Vicki Watson, who is also presenting the state of the river report, said the intent is to "refine the vision and scientific basis" for restoration work in progress throughout the Clark Fork River Basin. Past symposia helped citizens and scientists to plan and coordinate the conservation and research efforts.

For more information on the symposium, consult one of these Web sites: ibscore.dbs.umt.edu/clarkfork or www.clarkfork.org.

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