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 Celebrating 25 Years of Greenway Network

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Greg Poleski Awarded

Stream Team Advocacy Award

Please join us in congratulating our co-founding member, Greg Poleski, who received the Stream Team Award for Advocacy, this past Saturday, July 27th, at the 23rd annual Watershed Celebration at Meramec State Park for his many years of service to our communities throughout the area.

"My forty years of paddling on our rivers has shown me their strength and beauty and my twenty years of volunteer conservation work has taught me our river's importance to the health and welfare of our nation.

I believe the history, culture and biology of our rivers should be the basis of educational programs and projects that will create a river culture in our nation that recognizes the values of our rivers and will work to conserve those rivers." - Greg Poleski

You can find Greg's full bio here: Greg Poleski Bio








Saturday, August 24, 2019

 The Race and The Festival


RACE - 20 mile and 40 mile Missouri River canoe, kayak, and SUP races give paddlers the opportunity to actively promote clean water education, restoration and recreation.

Important Announcement:

Due to flooding, the 40-Mile Race will now start at the Klondike Boat Ramp near Augusta, MO and that race is now a 30-Mile Race.

Both races (20-Mile and 30-Mile) will finish at Blanchette Landing.

Race start times have not changed.


FESTIVAL - Join Greenway Network and Bass Pro Outdoor Days at the finish line in Blanchette Landing from 11 am to 5 pm for great food, live music and fun activities that highlight easy ways to encourage and enjoy healthy rivers.
NOTE: We are closely monitoring the conditions on the river and in the park as we continue planning for a great festival and race and will communicate any changes, if necessary. 

So many small businesses and artists have had adverse impacts from the flooding and weather this year.  We are focusing our festival on flood issues and flood recovery.  Come out to support these efforts and the people who have been affected.

If you have been affected by the weather and flood events, send an email to greenwaynetwork@gmail.com with flood vendor in the subject line.  We will do our best to accommodate as many of you as possible.  

Click on the following for vendor applications and volunteers signups.

Big Muddy Speaker Series


"Real Resilience -

harnessing natural infrastructure to achieve

systemic disaster preparedness for the entire

Mississippi River Corridor"

Presented by  Colin Wellenkamp, Executive Director of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 7:00pm  Social hour @ 6:00pm 

WHERE:  Big A's on the Riverfront, 308 N. Main St., St. Charles, Mo 63301 (map)

 The mission of the the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative is to build the capacity of member mayors, empowering them with the tools and support to undertake effective local initiatives which attract green jobs, move towards sustainable economies and achieve local environmental protection goals.  Ultimately, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative's work helps protect and restore the Mississippi River as a natural system that can support human culture and economies, as well as the River's unique ecosystem and wildlife.

Colin Wellenkamp's extensive 20-year career in the legal and policy fields has been focused on advocating and advancing public interests through improving local government functions and the activity of the business world. Mr. Wellenkamp is dedicated to assisting organizations and people transition to a sustainable way of life. 

Colin was the first to graduate from Saint Louis University with a degree in Environmental Studies; the first Creighton Law student to serve as a national officer in the American Bar Association; and the first student to graduate from the George Washington Law School in DC with an LL.M. in sustainable development law. Colin is a Registered Environmental Manager, has worked as an environmental scientist, and represented public entities in Washington, DC for over a decade before returning home to Missouri. While in DC, Colin secured over $50 million in federal grant funds for the local and state governments he represented. 

Colin is currently an adjunct professor at Washington University, has served on the board of St. Louis Earth Day, is a recipient of the American Bar Association Silver Key Award.

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!


Kayak the Cuivre

What: A 4-mile kayak race, canoes and rafts welcome
When: September 14, 2019, 11:00am
Where: Heitmans Launch Area, Cuivre River, Old Monroe, MO
Cost: $10 thru September 1st, $15 after September 1st
Payment OptionsRegistration, payments will also be accepted in advance at City Hall.

Trophies and Prizes Will Be Awarded!

19th Annual

Fall Dardenne Creek Monitoring Day

Next testing will be Oct 19-20-2019--save the date.

Two times a year Greenway Network members collaborate with Stream Team volunteers and students from local high schools and colleges to sample the entire length of Dardenne Creek in St. Charles County. This semiannual event provides the State of Missouri and interested members of the public with a snapshot picture of the health of the creek. This data allows for planning and can identify areas of concern along the Stream.

Thanks to all who participated at the Spring Dardenne Day Event on June 1 & 2!!



Bangert Island Greenway

The Louis H. Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area in St. Charles County and nearby the Katy Trail State Park provides recreation opportunities to the community and valuable wildlife habitat.  Greenway Network suggests the formation of a partnership of local, state and federal agencies, community organizations and citizens to work to develop a plan and funding for a greenway in the Bangert Island area in order to enhance and conserve the Wildlife Area and the Katy Trail. The greenway partnership could work to improve the facilities and access at the Bangert Wildlife Area Trailhead and work to buy properties from willing sellers along the corridor between the Katy Trail and Bangert Island.

Those properties and other nearby Federal, state, county and city properties could then be included in a Bangert Island Greenway. Planning concepts and designs incorporated in the City of St. Charles Eco Park and ideas in Protecting Our Resources St. Charles County Strategy for Floodplain management could be incorporated into the planning for the greenway. The properties in the area are very flood prone and some were included in the 1993 flood buyout program. The proposed Bangert Island Greenway would enhance the Katy Trail and the Bangert Wildlife Area providing citizens with more recreational opportunities and help grow Eco tourism in the region.

Following up from the “Future of Bangert Island” meeting Greenway Network is working with other concerned citizens and stakeholders to organize a partnership to support a Bangert Island Greenway. The partnership is named the Bangert Island Greenway Project Committee [BIG Project committee] which will work to support the development of the Bangert Island Greenway. The BIG Project committee will encourage a watershed plan on Crystal Springs Creek.

The Committee’s work include having a Stream Team monitor Crystal Springs Creek which runs though the Bangert Island area and  Greenway Network Board Member Larry Ruff and Bob Virag will be working on monitoring water quality on the Crystal Springs Creek. The BIG Project will look into flooding history and water quality of the creek which would important part of planning for the Bangert Island Greenway. The Project Committee will work to encourage citizens help conserve the key elements of the proposed greenway which are the Bangert Wildlife Area and the Katy Trail. The committee will also work to encourage citizen to make public comments on the USACE/St. Charles Bangert Island Flood Risk&Riverfront Transformation Project study [if St. Charles authorizes public comments] and to make public comments supporting the Bangert Island Greenway any changes in zoning by St. Charles County near Bangert Island and on any changes to the nearby City\County boarders. The BIG Project Committee will work to learning what land use restrictions there are on public lands near Bangert Island to help with the greenway planning. The committee will work to develop suggestions for alternative options for development in St. Charles then the Bangert Island area. Greenway Network member Robby Greve has volunteered to chair the BIG Project committee and will be holding a meeting on March 14 to organize the committee.

The first BIG Committee meeting will be held on April 4 @ 6:00pm, 524 S. Main St., Unit 4, St. Charles, Mo. If you are interested in working with the committee or just wanting to attend the committee meeting please register here.

BIG Project action plan

  1. Work with BIG stake holders to organize the BIG Project Committee to support the greenway development.
  2. Develop opportunities for public comments in support of the Bangert Island Plan for the Bangert Island Flood Risk & Riverfront Transformation. The Comprehensive Plan presently calls for no public input opportunities unless St. Charles allows it.
  3. Suggest nonfloodplain options for development in St. Charles then the Bangert Island area.
  4. Develop BIG planning funding.
  5. Inventory legal easements on properties near Bangert Island and support any conservation easements on the properties.
  6. Support a watershed study on Crystal Springs Creek which runs through Bangert Island.
  7. Locate willing sellers of properties near Bangert Island.
  8. Finish BIG planning.
  9. Develop BIG funding sources.
  10. Start BIG development.

The February, 2019 Big Muddy Speaker Series topic was "The Future of Bangert Island' which was  well attended and provided an opportunity for citizens to learn more about the recently authorized Bangert Island Flood Risk & Riverfront Transformation Project. The City of St. Charles has recently paid the USACE Kansas City Dist. 1 million dollars for their cost for the Comprehensive Plan for the Bangert Island Flood Risk& Riverfront Transformation Project under a USACE Assistance to States grant and the Corp will also spent 1 million dollars on the two year planning project. This plan could have a major impact on the Bangert Island area and information on the project and the proposed development are attached to this email.

Greenway Network has concerns about the proposed development near the Louis H. Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area and adjacent to Katy Trail State Park located in the Missouri River floodplain in St Charles County, Mo.  Greenway Network is concerned that permitting development in this area will have negative impacts on the environment such as the loss of wildlife habitat, increased non-point source water and lighting pollution associated with the development having negative impacts on the Wildlife Area. Other concerns are that development in this area will result in a more constricted floodplain resulting in increased flooding raising the taxpayer costs of repairing flood damages and that the development will increase traffic thereby increasing traffic dangers for people on the Katy Trail.

Greenway Network supports economic development on properties near Bangert Island which would be compatible with the Bangert Island Wildlife Area and Katy Trail State Park. We suggest future economic developments in the vicinity of the Wildlife Area and the Katy Trail State Park be located along the west side of South River Road and the Katy Trail and away from the river.  Rather than increasing taxpayer costs associated with construction of new infrastructure in floodplains and the cost of maintaining water features included in recent development proposals Greenway Network supports the redevelopment of non-floodplain properties in St. Charles.


Join a Greenway Network

Conservation Team

Volunteers are needed for picking up trash, planting, removing invasive plants and doing other needed work on public lands and to help at events such as Earth Day, National Public Lands Day, Mission:Clean Stream, Confluence Trash Bash and Race for the Rivers. Service days will be held at many sites, including Riverlands, in West Alton, Riverwoods in Bridgeton and many local parks near you.

Team members are asked to pledge to support three service events this summer. Members will receive gloves, a water bottle, and a t-shirt at their first volunteer event.

Team leaders are needed to help coordinate service projects. Team leaders will receive special training to support events. Pledge to support five volunteer events and you are eligible to be a team leader and receive special recognition.

Single day volunteers are welcome and make up the majority of our volunteers! The work is rewarding, enjoyable, sometimes wet and muddy, but always worthwhile. Look for volunteer opportunities on our website or to join Greenway Network Conservation Team's monthly work party at the Riverlands area in West Alton, Mo.

To register for monthly volunteer work days at Riverlands, click here. 



The list of reasons why the Missouri Bluffs subdivision is a bad idea is just about endless.
We have picked this list as our Top 10.  
Click here to see the subdivision plan.
Top 10 Reasons Why St. Charles County Should Say NO
to Missouri Bluffs Subdivision

1.     This development has nothing to do with conservation and is not a “conservation subdivision.” It is a 360 home golf course community being built on steep, wooded slopes that surround the Missouri Bluffs Golf course. The project is being cloaked in conservation terms and called a “conservation subdivision” in a bold effort to divert attention from the damage that building 360 homes and two miles of roadway will do to the river bluff landscape. This is why the Planning & Zoning Commission voted 8 to 1 against it!

2.     It will blemish a remarkable corridor that has been preserved as the result of an 80-year history of events, conservation work and philanthropy. This area of forested valleys, expansive river views, conservation areas and trails sets St. Charles County apart and can be a source of long-lasting tourism and lifestyle benefits.

3.     The proposed subdivision lacks any significant common ground or open space and has no enforceable tree preservation restrictions.  Due to the extremely steep terrain surrounding the golf course homes have to be sited only 15 feet from the street on narrow, deep lots with side setbacks from neighboring houses as small as 7 feet. Because of a terrain unsuitable for homebuilding the streets have to be extremely narrow (20 feet).

4.     Stormwater management is non-existent.  The grade changes and tree removal for homesites and roads will force more stormwater into the valleys which will further damage trees, cause erosion and increase downstream flooding.  The development utilizes ALL of the space around the golf course for homesites with no remaining space for stormwater retention.

5.     Following construction there are NO enforceable regulations that prevent homeowners from clearing trees and other native vegetation to provide better views of the golf course fairways that the homes are built around.

6.     Included in the subdivision are homesites near a sewer treatment plant and a manufacturing facility with 24-hour operations which will create continuing unavoidable problems. 

7.     Some of the homesites border on the Katy Trail and the Great Rivers Greenway trail and will visually detract from the experiences they provide. The development borders the Weldon Spring Conservation Area and is near Busch Conservation Area. The subdivision is in the midst of conserved areas where dense residential development has never occurred. 

8.     The proposed development violates the intent of the county’s 2025 Master Plan which clearly identifies this area as greenspace.

9.     The owner of the property, the University of Missouri has the resources and ability to find alternative uses for this land as it is currently zoned. Denial of this rezoning request will require them to use those abilities to benefit the future of St. Charles County - not just themselves and the developer - it will not take away their ability to sell the land. 

10.  While hundreds of opponents from St. Charles have attended four public hearings and many have spoken in opposition, not one member of the public has appeared to speak in favor of this project. Only the paid consultants, contractors and attorneys who work for the developer have spoken in its favor.


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