The River Studies Center (RSC), created in 1972, is a non-curricular unit focusing on research and informational programs pertinent to the Upper Mississippi River and its related resources. These activities are performed in the spirit and letter of the Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse that states "The University shall support studies related to the environment, culture, heritage, institutions and economy of La Crosse and the surrounding Upper Mississippi Valley region." During the past 30 years, the RSC has expanded its research program to other aquatic resources, including rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands across Wisconsin, the Upper Midwest, and the Nation.
Scholarly investigations by the RSC have provided research opportunities to nearly 100 graduate students and more than 250 undergraduates. The RSC has extensive interdisciplinary partnerships with several state and federal agencies and with other universities, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the National Park Service, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Research by RSC faculty addresses resource issues and environmental problems of pressing regional and national concern, such as environmental pollutants and contaminants that have caused widespread degradation of our aquatic resources. Faculty affiliated with the RSC are highly competitive and successful in securing financial support for sustained aquatic environmental research.
Dr. Mark Sandheinrich, Center Director
Dr. Roger Haro, Assistant Center Director & RSC Web Site Moderator