PORTLAND - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is facilitating two free events in September for people interested in the management of sediment at the Mouth of the Columbia River (MCR).

The first event is an MCR regional sediment management (RSM) workshop to take place in the Student Center of Lower Columbia College in Longview on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 8:30 p.m.

The workshop, facilitated by Gregg Walker of Oregon State University, is part of a Corps-sponsored demonstration project to evaluate the regional management of sediment in the MCR littoral zone.

The second event is a field trip in the Long Beach and Astoria areas scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25. Gregg Walker and Pat Corcoran of Oregon State University Extension will facilitate the field trip. Field trip participants will meet at the Oregon State University Seafood Lab in Astoria at 10 a.m. Transportation to and from the field trip sites will be provided.

The demonstration project covers sediment management from Point Grenville, Wash., to Tillamook Head, Ore., and to River Mile 7 in the Columbia River. If you are interested in attending either or both of these events, please contact Doris McKillip at (503) 808-4348.

To learn more about Regional Sediment Management, the Institute for Water Resources under their Policy Studies Program has prepared a report entitled "Regional Sediment Management: Background and Overview of Initial Implementation." The report is available at (http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/iwr/pdf/02ps2sed_man.pdf).

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