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Saturday August 25, 2018

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.

RIDE - Bicyclists enjoy a beautiful 35 mile ride over and alongside the Missouri River on the Katy Trail, from Washington to St. Charles. The ride ends at the Festival in historic Frontier Park.

FESTIVAL - Join Greenway Network and Bass Pro Outdoor Days at the finish line in Frontier Park from 11 am to 5 pm for great food, live music and fun activities that highlight easy ways to encourage and enjoy healthy rivers.

Click on following for vendor registrations and volunteers signups.

Scout Leaders - These events provide great opportunities for your troops to participate in community service, making a real difference in our communities.

Big Muddy Speaker Series

"Missouri River and Tributaries Need a Plan"

Presented by Kenneth Ray Olson and Lois Wright Morton

When:  Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:00pm Social hour 6:00pm 
Where:  Big A's on the Riverfront308 N. Main St., St. Charles, Mo 63301

Kenneth is Professor Emeritus of Soil Science, Department of NRES, College of ACES, at UI at Champaign-Urbana. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University and has been an Assistant, Associate, Full and Emeritus Professor in NRES at the UIUC since 1983.

As we enter the 21st Century three major concerns have emerged: climate change and impacts, food insecurity, and homeland security including infrastructure, navigation, and water supplies. All three themes run throughout this research presentation.  
Each Great River in North America is a case study from which much can be learned from past catastrophic events to better plan for the future. Previous short documentaries focus on the Missouri River and tributaries including the Platte and the Yellowstone rivers, how their confluence creates something far greater than the sum of their flows and the bottomlands that are sources of wealth and risk to those whose lives are intertwined with the rivers. They illustrate managing the river when it exceeds flood stage; dredging in drought to assure a navigable channel; and earthen levees, floodwalls, dikes and weirs and reservoirs engineered to tame the great rivers and its tributaries for human uses.
Collectively these case studies portray the multi-functional value of the rivers and human attempts to manage rivers and their bottomlands under intensified agricultural uses, changing
settlement patterns, and shifting social values.
There is a need for the Mississippi River Commission and the USACE to develop a Missouri River and tributary plan similar to their lower Mississippi River and tributaries plan to address the Missouri river flooding and navigation issues. Such a plan is possible if the
northern states adjacent to the Missouri River are willing to contribute and participate in the development of the management plan. This plan is essential to address the current waterway infrastructure restoration issues. The need for a comprehensive plan will be made by presenting case studies on the Missouri and tributaries including the navigation and sedimentation challenges

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!

River Soundings

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 27 at 12:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WHERE: Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, 5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis 63112


River Soundings: Life, Laws, and Levees on the Mississippi

Featuring: John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

June 27, 2018 I 12:30-8:30 pm

Additional presentations by: Dr. Robert E. Criss, Washington University; Dr. Jonathan Remo, Southern Illinois University; Brian Markert, St. Louis District Corps of Engineers; Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Presentations begin at 1:00pm. Keynote speech by John Barry at 6:00pm followed by paddling in Forest Park in voyager canoes. Sandwich dinners available from The Gramaphone for $10.

Forest Park Visitors Center I 5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO

Sponsored by: Greenway Network, Inc., Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Missouri Sierra Club, Missouri River Confluence Riverkeeper

More details:

This River Soundings Conference will feature lectures and panel discussions from scientists, regulators, and environmental activists. The conference is focused on river policies around St. Louis, including flood control, river restoration, floodplain development, and much more. Professors Bob Criss of Washington University and Jonathan Remo of SIU will also present recent papers as part of the conference.

The highlight of the event will be the keynote address that evening from New York Times best-selling author John Barry, who wrote Rising Tide, the seminal account of the Great Flood of 1927.

Finally, it will end with a nighttime canoe ride around the lakes of Forest Park, which will include dinner. Please register for the entire event or just for portions of it. The conference is free, and the canoe ride and dinner is only $10.

CLICK HERE for more information and registration.

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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