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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

 WHAT A GREAT DAY!!!

 122 PADDLERS!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR... 

 RACE FOR THE RIVERS

Saturday, August 24, 2019

 The Race and The Festival

Click for Race Results

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Thanks to all who attended-- another great event!!


GN Conservation Team at 

National Public Lands Day

 September 28, 2019 8:30a.m.- 2:00p.m.


Greenway Network Conservation Teams and other volunteers will be picking up trash, planting, removing invasive plants and doing other needed work on public lands near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The Cora Island Unit of the US Fish and Wildlife Big Muddy Refuge, the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources Jones Confluence State Park and the US Army Corps of Engineers Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary need your help conserving and restoring our lands and waters.

National Public Lands Day will be on Saturday, September 28, 2019 starting at 8:30am.  

Lunch will be provided at 1:00pm. 

We will not have the work day on the 2nd Sunday of that month. This will be our last work day for the year at the confluence.

Other volunteer opportunities in other public lands will be listed separately on the Greenway Network website.
Please bring gloves, water bottle and boots or sturdy shoes. We work rain or shine, so bring your sunscreen or rain gear! Come outdoors and join the fun! 

Register at: http://www.greenwaynetwork.org/projects-issues/national-public-lands-day.php

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Big Muddy Speaker Series

  

Eternal Rivers of Impermanence

Presentation by David Lobbig, Curator of Environmental Life at the Missouri History Museum

David Lobbig will use stories and artifacts collected for the upcoming “The Mighty Mississippi” exhibit at the Missouri History Museum to explore changes affecting the Missouri and Mississippi confluence region since European and United States’ colonization.

Sturgeon and River Ice

This Mississippian era bowl depicting a sturgeon covers a postcard showing the frozen Mississippi River in the St. Louis area. Two artifacts featured in "The Mighty Mississippi" exhibit opening at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. 

Time and Place

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 
7:00 pm

Big A's on the Riverfront
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Presentation by David Lobbig, Missouri History Museum

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

6. p.m. Social Hour at Big A’s on the Riverfront
7:00 p.m. Presentation

At Big A’s on the Riverfront (in the back room)
308 N Main St. –  St Charles, MO
(directions below)

NOTE – This month’s presentation is the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month (not the second Wednesday as usual). There will be no presentation in December. 

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! 

Hosted by Greenway Network

The Missouri History Museum in St. Louis Forest Park will be opening a longterm exhibit beginning Nov. 21 called “The Mighty Mississippi”, exploring the impact of the Mississippi River on the town that is perched at the confluence of our nation’s two greatest rivers, and the impact of this urban area on the rivers that embrace it.

David Lobbig, the Missouri Historical Society’s Curator of Environmental Life, will build on artifacts and maps seen in “The Mighty Mississippi” to discuss changes affecting the Missouri and Mississippi confluence region since European and United States’ colonization. He’ll explore biodiversity loss and the prospects for greater change caused by human population dominance and the climate crisis.

The Mighty Mississippi exhibit will be broken up into 4 sections: Lifeblood of the Heartland(explores water quality issues, biodiversity, human manipulation of river and floodplain), First Peoples World (explores prehistoric American Indian/Mississippian culture featuring real artifacts from the time period), Empires (explores colonialism and the fur trade), and Industry(explores the industrial era and the rise and fall of the steamboat era.

David Lobbig

David Lobbig, Curator of Environmental Life at Missouri History Museum

Our Presenter – David Lobbig, Curator of Environmental Life – Missouri History Museum – David’s work focuses on environmental history and natural resource use. The interaction between resource exploitation and the biotic community inform his mission to engage the public with a greater understanding of sustainability. Through exhibitions and artifacts, his work shares how historic and present-day decisions relate to dynamic environmental change.

Directions

To Big A’s on the Riverfront, our host for the Speaker Series.

To get there from I-70

  • Take I-70 to exit 229B – the 5th St. Exit
  • Merge onto 5th St. headed north toward St. Charles.
  • After about 1 mile, turn right on Monroe St.
  • Turn left onto N. Main St.
  • Big A’s will be on your right (308 N. Main St.) Additional parking is available in the rear.
  • View on Google Maps.

 


Thanks to all who participated!!

Honeysuckle Bash

October 5, 2019


Greenway Network is organizing a Honeysuckle Bash to remove the invasive weed from public lands on and near the Missouri River.

Please join us at Fox Hill Park, 3400 Kisker Dr St Charles, MO 63301, Oct. 5th, 2019 at 9:00am to help stop this invasion. All tools and instructions to remove the honeysuckle will be provided.

Please bring gloves, a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants to protect from getting poison ivy.

On completion,we will have sandwiches and chips at 12:30pm for event wrap up.
This event is for ages 12 and up.

Come help stop this weed from taking over our Parks and have some fun too!

The Boschert Greenway is a 3.81 walking and biking trail that runs between Fox Hill Park and Fountain Lake Park. The trail, which runs along Boschert Creek, was made possible by a partnership with Great Rivers Greenway.
To register go to the top of this page:  Click on Get Involved.

Then Click on (2) Becoming a volunteer.  

Then click on Honeysuckle Registration. Fill out the form and download the waiver forms.

Bring the waivers with you to the event.

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Thanks to all who participated

Pelican Days

October 12, 2019

 
Pelican Day will be held on Oct. 12, 2019 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Audubon Center at Riverlands 301 Riverlands Way, W. Alton, Mo. 
The event is sponsored by the Audubon Center at Riverlands and supported by the USACE Riverlands Bird Sanctuary, Greenway Network and other partners. 
Plan to join us on this family friendly event celebrating the arrival of the migrating pelicans. There will be a rescue pelican from the TreeHouse Wildlife Center and lots of fun things to see and do on this day to celebrate our rivers.



Another successful Event!!


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.

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 on Sunday

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

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BIG

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.

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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. 

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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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