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Missouri National Recreational River was established to preserve and protect two of the remaining free-flowing sections of the Missouri River. It consists of a 59-mile eastern reach stretching from Yankton, South Dakota to Ponca, Nebraska and a 39-mile western reach stretching from Fort Randall Dam to Lewis and Clark Lake, including the lower portions of the Niobrara River and Verdigre Creek.

Less than one-third of the Missouri is undammed and unchannelized; therefore, the park holds some of the best remaining examples of the river in its natural state. The park also contains more federally-listed threatened and endangered species than any other park in the Network including Piping Plover, Interior Least Tern, and Pallid Sturgeon.

The most significant natural resource issue to the park is the unnatural flow regime (e.g., altered hydrograph and dams) of the Missouri River and the consequential negative effects on natural conditions and processes. Bankline management, encroachment of exotic plants, and water quality are all of concern to the park. More information on the park's natural resources may be found on the their Nature and Science webpage.

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2018 Real-Time Data - USGS Water Quality Monitoring Station

As part of the Network's water quality monitoring program, NGPN partnered with the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center to install and operate a continuous monitoring station along Bow Creek at Missouri National Recreational River. The station provides real-time data on gage height, temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen during the 2018 ice-free season. This data compliments data collected at the same site in the 2015 ice-free season.
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Resource Brief – Bat monitoring results at Missouri National Recreational River: 2014-2017

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Midwest regional biologists and NGPN have conducted acoustic bat monitoring at Missouri National Recreational River in 2014 to 2017. The goal of this monitoring is to detect long-term trends in bat populations at the park.
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Resource Brief – Landbird monitoring results at Missouri National Recreational River 2016

Landbird monitoring results at Missouri NRR

This is the second year of landbird surveys conducted at Missouri NRR. Bird monitoring is conducted in collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The goal of this monitoring is to assess bird populations and community changes over time.
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2017 Real-Time Data - USGS Water Quality Monitoring Station

The Northern Great Plains Network partnered with the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center to install and operate a continuous monitoring station on the Niobrara River near Verdel, NE. The station provided continuous data on gage height, temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen during the 2017 ice-free season.
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