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Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of a preliminary investigation of the potential environmental and public health impacts of energy development, especially those related to the quality of water wells serving rural households in Richland County, Montana. The over-arching goal of the research is to provide baseline data on water quality and investigate the relationship between existing and potential public health risks and water quality issues in the region. This presentation focuses on the research design of the project and initial findings from household surveys and interviews. This research is supported by a grant from the Montana INBRE Program.
Dr. Jamie McEvoy is an assistant professor of geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman. She is building a research program focused on the climate-water-energy nexus in the U.S. West. Her previous research (2008-2013) examined how the use of desalination technology affects water management, urban development, the equitable access to water services, and the emergence of new social institutions to manage water in the context of growth and climate change. Collaborators on the project include Dr. Susan Gilbertz at MSU-Billings and Dr. Matt Anderson at Eastern Washington University.
Program Director: Ray Callaway
Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
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Helena, MT 59620