Stream Restoration Assessment of Poindexter Slough, Dillon, Montana

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Over the last 25 years, Dr. Rob Thomas has worked with Montana Western students and land-management agencies to assess stream restoration in southwest Montana. Most recently, his Environmental Field Studies class has been working with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on the restoration of Poindexter Slough, an internationally recognized fly-fishing destination located three miles south of Dillon. He will present the results of their assessment and management recommendations, as well as the results of a sediment transport study following an agency-managed flushing flow in the spring of 2018.

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Dr. Rob Thomas is a Professor of Geology, Regents’ Professor and Carnegie U.S. Professor in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Montana Western. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. He has authored or co-authored over 75 publications, including Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country and Roadside Geology of Montana, which will be published in the spring of 2019. He teaches about mountain environments to Sherpa mountain guides at the Khumbu Climbing Center near Mt. Everest in Nepal, and natural hazards at St. George’s University in Grenada. Closer to home, he uses Montana Western’s immersion scheduling to work with students on stream restoration and assessment, Yellowstone hot spot sedimentation and Cambrian mass extinctions. He is deeply passionate about experiential education that directly benefits the environment.