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25th Annual Meeting
Nov. 5, 2018, 6:00pm 
308 N. Main St.
St Charles, MO
 
We will review this year's work and looking back some to the "old days", but also looking to the future of Greenway Network. We will also be recognizing people who have helped Greenway Network accomplish our mission to conserve natural resources, encourage sound management of our watersheds and protect the quality of life for all people. 
 
Big A's will have a happy hour food bar and music by Driftwood starting at 6:00pm. There will be a cash bar available. Starting at 7:00pm opening remarks will be by Gary Heggs,  Greenway Network long time legal adviser. Then Greenway Network Board President Charlene Waggoner will present the Annual report. Closing the meeting will be our keynote speaker Bryan Hopkins Coordinator Interstate Rivers for the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources.
Those being recognized at the meeting for their work are:  
 
Citizen Volunteer of the Year    Mike Claspille
Corporate Partner of the Year   Bass Pro Shop
Agency Partner of the Year      Edward [Ted] and Pat Jones Confluence Point State Park
 
There will be another set of music and a game room available to stay after the meeting to "network". 
 
This is a free event to thank our volunteers and members. Please RSVP to greenwaynetwork@gmail.com
 

If you are not a member please consider supporting our work by becoming a member. Please donate $25.00 for our 25th birthday and be a member of a Stream Team!

 

 

 

Big Muddy Speaker Series

"Inside the Missouri River 340"

Presented by Scott Mansker, one of the founders of the MR340

When:  First Wednesday this month, November 7, 2018, 7:00pm-- Social hour 6:00pm 
 
Where:  Big A's on the Riverfront308 N. Main St., St. Charles, Mo 63301
 
The Missouri River 340 is the world's longest non-stop river race and is listed as one of National Geographic's Top 100 American Adventures.  Starting in 2006, it has brought racers from England, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Denmark to come and race our river.  The course spans the state from Kansas City to St. Charles.  Racers paddle day and night to finally reach the beach in St. Charles and say they did it!  Come hear some stories about how this crazy thing got started and meet some of the paddlers who have done it a time or two. 
Scott Mansker is one of the folks who works behind the scenes to make the MR340 happen.  He has been paddling on the Missouri River since 1989.
 
Presentation is FREE and open to the public!

For more info.

 

Fall Dardenne Creek Monitoring Day

Oct 28, 2018-- 07:30am- 2018-10-28 2:00pm

Two times a year Greenway Network members collaborate with Stream Team volunteers and students from local high schools 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 creek. This data allows for planning and can identify areas of concern along the Stream.

This year we will be monitoring on Sunday October 28, 2018. Meet at the GN office, 247 Indacom Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376 at 7:30am

Please contact Larry Ruff:  greenwaynetwork@gmail.com or call 636-498-0772 to help us with this important and fun event.

Or register at http://www.greenwaynetwork.org/projects-issues/bi-annual-dardenne-creek-monitoring-day.php

Lunch will begin at about 1:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to

Larry Ruff!

Each year, the Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (MOAFS)recognizes an individual not directly employed in the aquatic field for their outstanding contributions to our aquatic resources.

Stream Team staff are excited to announce Larry Ruff (Team 463) as the recipient of the 2018 MOAFS Lee Redmond Citizen’s Award, which was presented at the annual Missouri Natural Resources Conference.

Larry has over 25 years of substantial contributions to the aquatic resources of Missouri through education and stewardship activities. When he became the Science Department Chairperson at Francis Howell High School in 1992, he quickly realized there was a lack of hands-on, science-based curriculum, so he co-authored the design for an Environmental Studies course. While seeking supplies and materials needed to implement the course, Larry discovered Stream Team, formed Stream Team 374 as Francis Howell North Environmental Studies, and attended workshops held by the fledgling VWQM Program that had just begun taking flight. His students gained a greater appreciation for Spencer Creek as they performed regular monitoring and worked with the City of St. Peters to label every storm drain in the watershed. Over the years, Larry continued to attend VWQM classes and provide his students with valuable experiences in stream stewardship activities. After retiring in 2000, he became more involved with Greenway Network (Team 463) and expanded his monitoring efforts on Dardenne Creek in St. Charles County, introducing hundreds of volunteers to the Stream Team Program. Larry also helped create the semi-annual Dardenne Day monitoring event which brings volunteers together to monitor 17 sites at each road crossing on Dardenne Creek in a single day.
Some of Larry’s additional contributions for the benefit of Missouri streams include:
  • Co-authoring an EPA grant allowing the incorporation of Stream Team activities into schools across St. Charles and St. Louis Counties, resulting in thousands of students having hands-on experience caring for area streams
  • Playing a major part in in the EPA’s assessment of Dardenne Creek and its listing on the 303(d) list, resulting in numerous best management practices becoming implemented in the watershed, which ultimately led to reduced sediment inputs and de-listing of six miles of stream
  • Supplying 17 years of consistent data for Dardenne Creek by submitting nearly 1,800 data collections from 73 sites
  • Facilitating, in partnership with the Division of Environmental Health and Protection, the recruitment of volunteers to mark all 9,000+ storm drains in St. Charles County
  • Reporting 75,184 hours of dedicated volunteer service on behalf of Missouri’s stream resources.

 Celebrating 25 Years of Greenway Network

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

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 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. 
St. Charles County Council VOTES
Monday, April 30
On whether to accept P & Z “NO” recommendation
7 PM - 100 North 3rd Street, St. Charles

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