Catalog Record

Fort Peck Historical Imagery Data from S&T Project 20052

The two items of this record include historical aerial photography of the Fort peck delta assembled from scanned analog film scenes, created for S&T Project 20052. This investigation focused on large-scale vegetation patterns related to the physical formation of delta-backwater landforms and their dynamic response to short- and long-term fluctuations in reservoir pool elevations. Hybrid plant communities have established, expanding available habitat at the reservoirs we examined. Some of this new habitat appears to be of high quality with an abundance of native species, whereas other reservoirs appear to support primarily non-native species. Further, sustained, climate-driven declines in pool elevations at Lake Powell, Lake Mead, and Elephant Butte Reservoir are initiating new vegetation establishment processes and subjecting established vegetation to stress and mortality. Given the expanding presence of invasive, non-native species across ecosystems world-wide, water management actions are needed that would favor the establishment and persistence of native species and improve plant community responses to projected climate warming.
Generation Effort S&T Project 20052: Reservoir Delta Dynamics and Backwater Vegetation in the Context of Physical Drivers
Themes Environmental
Tags Riparian Vegetation, Wetlands, Reservoir Delta
Reclamation Project Fort Peck Indian Irrigation Project
Reclamation Program Science and Technology Program

Location Information

Location Name Fort Peck Reservoir
Location Description Fort Peck reservoir is located on the Missouri River 18 miles southeast of Glasgow, MT and south of Sun Prairie, near the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge. It is Montana's largest body of water at 134 miles in length.
Location Tags Fort Peck Reservoir
Location Parent
State(s) Montana
Unified Region(s) Missouri Basin
Elevation [ N/A ]
Vertical Datum [ N/A ]
Coordinates (lat, long) See Location Details
Horizontal Datum WGS84