UM Flathead Lake bio station lands $6.6M EPA grant to fight pesticide pollution

FLATHEAD LAKE — The University of Montana recently was awarded $6.6 million from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Columbia River Basin Restoration Program for pesticide reduction.

Dr. Rachel Malison, an assistant professor with UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station, will use the funding to develop and implement a comprehensive and collaborative Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program for Montana’s Upper Columbia River Basin.

The program will focus on reducing pollution to improve water quality, while engaging and educating the public on ways to reduce toxics from polluting Montana’s pristine waters.

FLBS assistant research professor Rachel Malison, center leads an immersive FLBS Monitoring Montana Waters freshwater science experience for University of Montana alumni. 

UM News Service

“We are extremely excited for this EPA grant award,” said Malison. “This program will allow us to greatly expand our current work through the bio station’s Monitoring Montana Waters program in ways that will leverage community-led, citizen-based partnerships. Through the engagement of multiple stakeholders, producers, agencies and the general public, we hope to reduce pesticides and toxics in the upper Columbia River Basin over the next five years.”

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