Big Muddy Speaker Series

2019-10-09 18:00:00 - 2019-10-09 20:30:00

The speaker series in St. Charles meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

The social hour starts at 6:00p.m. followed by the presentation at 7:00p.m. 

Big A's on the Riverfront

308 N Main St, St Charles, MO

We are honored that the Big Muddy Speakers Series quest on Oct.9, 2019 will be Dr. Robert Criss.

     Dr. Criss specializes in hydrogeology, the geology of water and systems of water. Much of his work has an environmental slant. He investigates the transport of aqueous fluids in environments such as rivers, cool potable groundwater systems essential to civilization, and deeper, hotter hydrothermal systems. Since 1990, the mid-continent experienced floods of such severity that they would not, under normal circumstances, be expected to have all occurred in a period of less than several centuries. Criss and a colleague have proven that engineering modifications of waterways have increased the frequency and severity of floods on most Midwestern rivers.
     Robert Criss, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis who has been studying flooding for more than two decades, said there may be a more important factor than how the Corps’ priorities are ranked.The Missouri River has been made narrower over the years, Criss said, and the Corps has worked to maintain a defined channel for barge traffic even though few barges ever cross the river near Iowa and Nebraska.

“We’re having this problem because we messed with the rivers too much,” Criss said.

     Dr. Criss will be discussing the recent flooding and ways to mitigate flood damages using non structural methods, such as levee set backs.