Your Environment, Your Future

Greenway Network is a grassroots volunteer based organization. Our mission is to conserve natural resources, encourage sound management of the watersheds and protect the quality of life for the residents of the greater St. Louis area.

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Great Rivers Paddle & Pedal Series 2016

Join us for adventures on our great rivers and trails! Enjoy a day outdoors with canoes and bikes provided. Rain or shine the trips will be held. Bring your rain gear, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, water bottle and tough shoes. Bring your picnic lunch on all trips, except the National Trails Day Pedal and Paddle and the Wine Country fund raising event.

The events listed below cost $15.00 per person and REGISTRATION is required.

National Trails Day Pedal and Paddle - Saturday, June 4, 10am. to 3pm. (see below)
Meet at Bike Stop Café. Bike the Katy Trail and Boschert Greenway in the morning. Have lunch [Not included] at the Bike stop Cafe, then paddle on the Missouri River Water Trail.

Tuff Trip - Sunday, June 26, 10am. to 3pm.
Meet at the Highway 94 Busch Greenway parking lot. Bike the Busch Greenway and the Katy Trail and  and paddle the Missouri River from the MDC Weldon Springs Boat launch to St Charles. Recommended for fit adult participants. Bring your bag lunch.

Columbia Bottom Exploration - Sunday, July 31, 10am. to 3pm.
Meet at the MDC Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Boat Launch. Start and finish in MDC Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Paddle to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and eat your picnic lunch [bring your own please]. Then bike though Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Family friendly trip. Bring your bag lunch.

Columbia Bottom Exploration - Sunday, September 17, 10am. to 3pm.
Meet at the MDC Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Boat Launch. Start and finish in MDC Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Paddle to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and eat your picnic lunch [bring your own please]. Then bike though Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Family friendly trip. Bring your bag lunch.

***Special fund raising event for Greenway Network***

Wine Country Pedal & Paddle - Saturday, August 6, 10am.
Weldon Springs to Klondike Quarry. Come join us on this fund raising event for Greenway Network. Bike the Katy Trail in the morning and paddle on the Missouri River Water Trail. Gourmet lunch on a sand bar included. $75.00 per person


National Trails Day

PEDAL and PADDLE ADVENTURE

Saturday June 4, 2016 10am - 3pm

National Trails Day June 4, 2016 is a celebration of our nation's trails. Come join Greenway Network that day on a Pedal and Paddle Adventure on the Boschert Greenway and the Missouri River Water Trail in St. Charles, Mo.

Bikes and canoes are provided. Meet at the Bike Stop Cafe at 10:00am to bike the Boschert Greenway.  We return to the  Bike Stop Cafe at 12:00pm where you can buy lunch or just bring your own.

Then we will paddle in Big Muddy Adventures' voyager canoes on the Missouri River until 3:00pm. The event cost $15.00 per person and registration is required.

This event to promote our community's trails is made possible by support from Great Rivers Greenway.


 Spring Dardenne Creek Monitoring

Help monitor 19+ sites on Dardenne Creek.

When: Sunday, June 5

Where: Dardenne Creek

Contact Larry Ruff at  greenwaynetwork@gmail.com or register here.

After contacting me, we will arrange site locations.

We will be collecting chemical data, macroinvertebrate data, E. coli samples and Stream discharge measurement.

Stream teams will conduct tests and bring the data back to Greenway Network's office at 215 Indacom Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376 no later than 1:00pm.

We will provide lunch-sandwiches and drinks starting at 1:00pm

 


Big Muddy Speaker Series

Do "Cover Crops" really make dollars and sense for Missouri Farmers?

Presentation by Lauren Cartwright, Agricultural Economist/Natural Resources Specialist – NRCS Missouri

When: Wednesday, June 8, 7pm, Social hour at 6pm
Where: Big A's On the Riverfront, 308 N. Main St., St. Charles, Mo

Under today’s cropping practices, the soils of the Missouri River watershed are often left without any protective cover during and after crop harvest.  As a result, erosion and water quality are major resource concerns.  In addition, the continued use of tillage negatively impacts the biologic and fungal health of our soils resulting in an overall reduction in soil health.  “Cover crops” have now become a primary focus of soil science and natural resources management.  Cover crops as part of a cropping system contribute to an overall improvement in soil health which increases soil water holding capacity and reduces erosion which results in improving the water quality of our watersheds. Cover crops may also reduce the use of fertilizer inputs in the long run as the organic content of the soil is restored.  In addition, increased organic matter improves percolation and water holding capacity making soils more resistant to droughts and keeps the soil in place during heavy rainfall events.  Initially, adding cover crops increases on farm production costs, however, some innovative producers have found that the utilization of cover crops and the associated changes in crop rotation may actually lead to increased profitability. 
 
Lauren will discuss the tool she developed with a colleague to look in detail at the farm economics of some Missouri farmers who are adding cover crops to their cropping operation.  She will provide a brief history of the “Cover Crop Economics Decision Support Tool” which is used to analyze the economic costs and benefits and the case study results so far from Missouri farmers utilizing cover crops in their operation.  
 
Lauren's goal is to learn from farmers utilizing cover crops, and assess the costs and benefits Missouri farmers have experienced.  This information helps us understand farm level decision making and peer-to-peer sharing of information (successes and failures).   Lauren said “I would like to think that my work focusing on cover crop economics will be a part of many other wonderful projects that will lead to large scale adoption of cover crops in Missouri which will result in healthier soil, cleaner water, and increased farm profitability.”

For more info. . .  

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!


Join the Confluence Conservation Crew

Volunteers are needed 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.

Crew 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. 

Crew leaders are needed to help coordinate service projects.  Pledge to support five volunteer events and you are eligible to be a crew leader and receive special recognition.

Single day volunteers are welcome too and make up the majority of our volunteers! The work is sometimes rewarding and enjoyable and sometimes wet and muddy, but always worthwhile. To register for the monthly trail maintenance/clean-up at Riverlands, click here.


Storm Drain Marking

 Volunteer Opportunity!

Pick up supplies and maps at our office and mark the storm drains on your schedule at your convenience.

215 Indacom Drive
St Peters, Mo 63376

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