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School Of Mines Prof Helping Mongolia Increase Water Supply

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota professor is taking what he has learned about Missouri River management to Mongolia, where he’s working with the government and other organizations to increase water supplies.

Engineering professor Scott Kenner of the School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City is helping to design dams for power, irrigation and drinking water.

Mongolia is a country of 3 million people slightly smaller than Alaska that’s located between China and Russia. It’s booming because of its copper, coal and gold mining industry.

Kenner says the goal is to increase the water, sewer, power and drainage infrastructure without disrupting the natural ecosystem. That includes having minimum flows during dryer times that support fisheries and natural biology but also allows for increased flows during wet years.