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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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RACE FOR THE RIVERS August 25, 2018
Girl Scout Leaders - These events provide great opportunities for your troops to participate in community service, making a real difference in our communities.

Confluence Trash Bash

Saturday March 24, 2018

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Anyone wishing to be a team leader should send an email to Include team leader in the subject.

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First Friday at the the St Louis Science Center

March 2 from 6 - 9 pm.

Get a sneak peek at the new Trash Bash comic book and meet our new CTB characters Chloe, Jayden, Teddy and Woody for the first time.

Big Muddy Speaker Series

Postponed to Thursday February 22


When:  * Thursday February 22, 2018 *, 7:00pm Social hour 6:00pm 

Where:  Big A's on the Riverfront308 N. Main St., St. Charles, Mo 63301 

The Big Muddy Speakers Series this month is on Thursday Feb. 22, so take your love to some romantic restaurant for Valentine's Day. Not only is the Big Muddy talk on a different day, it going to be a different format for this month. We will be setting up the Steam Team Soapbox and will be having several of our STL region's Stream Teams talk about their work. Please come listen to the stories from the front lines of watershed conservation.

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!


A developer has proposed plans for 315 single-family homes on about 200 acres, plus 120 attached housing units on property owned by the University Of Missouri adjacent MDC Busch Wildlife Area in St. Charles Co., Mo. The developer has applied for a zoning change for the site from agriculture to residential.

In regards to this matter the Greenway Network Board has passed the following resolution:

Greenway Network supports the St Charles County Master Plan which calls for the appox. four hundred acres owned by the University of Missouri near Busch Wildlife Area remain undevolped. As property was donated to the University of Missouri by the Federal Government for research and educational use Greenway Network suggest the property be donated by the University of Missouri to the the Missouri Dept of Conservation to be added to the adjacent Busch Wildlife Area for wildlife research.

Information on the proposal taken from the Post Dispatch.

Officials with Trailnet, the area wide trail advocacy organization, and the Katy Land Trust contend that the plan by NT Home Builders would mar the landscape and detract from the experience of bicyclists and walkers using the nearby Katy Trail.“We’ve developed an entire economy based on serenity and alternative mobility,” Trailnet CEO Ralph Pfremmer said Tuesday of the less populated part of the county southwest of Highway 40 (Interstate 64). “It’s going to congest that area.” Pfremmer, with Trailnet, also criticized the University of Missouri, which owns the tract, for agreeing to sell to a private developer and complained that the university’s plan wasn’t made public until recently.

Another critic of the proposal is Hilda “Pat” Jones, who with her late husband, Edward T. “Ted” Jones Jr., donated over $2 million to buy the right-of-way space from railroads that got the Nearby Katy Trail State Park started.  In letters to the Post-Dispatch and the county Planning and Zoning Commission, she contended that the subdivision would degrade the area’s natural beauty. She said in a letter to St. Charles County, "It was my understanding that the university teaches good land stewardship. I feel with the sale of this natural area the university no longer practices what it teaches."

Some of the residents who live in the nearby village of Weldon Spring Heights are also opposed to the proposal and worry about increased traffic.

In a report last week the St Charles Co. staff said the project generally doesn’t comply with the county master plan because the area was envisioned as remaining undeveloped due to the rolling terrain, but the county’s planning staff has recommended that the county approve rezoning needed. They stated “However, due to the proposed density, connectivity and minimal impact of development, staff does believe it would meet the general intent of the master plan,” the report said.

Greenway Network opposes this zoning change which will allow commercial development to degrade Busch Wildlife area by increasing storm water runoff, deceasing wildlife habitat and encouraging urban sprawl.We urge St Charles County to stay with their Master Plan and protect the County's remaining natural areas.

If you want to give your opinion on this matter you can attend the zoning meeting on Feb 21 at 7:00pm at the St. Charles Co. Administration Bldg.located at North 3rd St. St. Charles, Mo.  or by email at

Mission:Clean Stream / GM Earth Day / Run for the Rivers

Three Great Events. One Amazing Day
Saturday April 7, 2018
Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road, Foristell, MO 63348


The Cleanup
Click here for information participating communities or to register for cleanup at Riverlands.

The Festival
This year we will have a two hand art show. Details and vendor applications will be available shortly. 

The Run
Sign up NOW at Big River Running for the 5K race or 1 mile fun run.

Spring Dardenne Day

18th Annual Dardenne Creek Monitoring Day

Sunday May 6, 2018 7:30AM - 2:30PM

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.

Please contact Larry Ruff:  Register at:  or email us at or call 636-498-0772 to help us with this important and fun event.

Lunch will be provided and begins at 1:00pm

Celebrating 25 Years of Greenway Network

 Looking forward to a great 2018! Share your stories and pictures with us on our Facebook Page.

Join us in the fun and become a member!

Greenway Board Members

Many thanks to Mike Claspille for his service as he transitions off of the board.

 Welcome to new board members Christine Eller and Carrie Hendersen.

Planning Underway for

Race for the Rivers-8/25/2018

We welcome back Bass Pro Outdoor Days. 

Let us know if you would like to be involved in the planning process.  There are a couple committee positions open.  Share your ideas on our R4R FB page.

 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,i n 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 join a Conservation Team, click here.

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

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