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Impact of UMESC Science: Shaping River Conservation in China

The success of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program on the Upper Mississippi River (a component of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program), implemented through UMESC with funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has catalyzed or promoted the development of similar programs on other large rivers in the U.S. and internationally. One such interaction has occurred through the USGS collaboration with The Nature Conservancy's Great Rivers Partnership. The Partnership is an effort to learn more about managing large rivers throughout the world for multiple uses and to share that knowledge freely.


Michael Reuter, Executive Director of the Great Rivers Partnership, had this to say in an interview about the purpose of the Partnership and the role of USGS:

 "The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program have been an essential partner and co-creator of the Great Rivers Partnership (created in 2005) over the years. USGS helped create a conservation blueprint for the Mississippi River that was used as a framework for the current work being done in China. In 2006, Dr. Yao Yin traveled to China to study Yangtze River monitoring and adaptive management. Dr. Yin embodies the notion of Servant Leadership. He finds a way to make everyone involved so comfortable with each other. He is the ultimate bridge for the interaction between the two countries. The partnership is a kind of scientific diplomacy. A whole lot has come out of the partnership. The intellectual progress that is being made in China in terms of developing a monitoring approach has changed the future of the river. The Chinese are starting to conduct monitoring in significant places."

UMESC Scientists sampling in China (photo USGS)

Content manager: Tim Donahue

UMESC visit to China (photo USGS)

Chinese fish (photo USGS)

Chinese invertebrate (photo USGS)

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