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SAVE THE DATE!

RACE FOR THE RIVERS August 25, 2018

Check out Race for the Rivers Web Page for times and activities.

Look for updates on registration and vendor applications very soon.

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

VISIT THE GREENWAY NETWORK BOOTH AT  THE 

2018 ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

APRIL 21-22
FOREST PARK ON THE MUNY GROUNDS
11 AM TO 5 PM DAILY

See us with other local Stream Teams on Earth Day.  Make your very own key chains out of t-shirts.

Big Muddy Speaker Series

"Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge"

When:   Wednesday May 9 @ 7:00pm,  Social hour 6:00pm 

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

We are teaming for the May 9 Big Muddy Speakers Series with Chris Riggert, Mary Culler and Steve Nagle discussing Missouri Stream Teams and the work they do for our river and streams.

Chris is the Stream Team Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation in Jefferson City. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. He began his career with the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1992 as a Fisheries Research Aid, working on the catfish project below Truman Dam, then on the Crayfish Crew on the Jacks Fork and Big Piney Rivers. Chris began working with the Stream Services Unit in 1999. From 2007 to early 2017 Chris coordinated the Stream Team’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program statewide. As the Stream Team Coordinator, Chris is responsible for coordinating volunteer activities in the St. Louis region, supervising Stream Team Staff, administering the Stream Team budget, and providing oversight for the Stream Team Program.

Mary (Litvan) Culler was hired in February as the new Executive Director of Stream Teams United. Mary is a native of Springfield, Missouri, where she attended Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and completed a degree in Biology.She later attended Iowa State University,where she completed a master’s degree and  researched stream fish and macro-invertebrate communities in southwest Iowa.Mary then worked for the state of Missouri for 11years, first with the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Fisheries Management Biologist in Springfield, and more recently as a watershed and community assistance coordinator for the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources’ Northeast Region in Macon.

We will also take time for retiring Steve Nagle who's past positions include Director for the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, President of the Missouri Parks Association, and  President of the St. Louis Open Space Council to talk about his work. Steve is also retired Director of Community Planning at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.  Prior to that position he worked in California for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and then worked as the Director of Environmental Resources for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. He has worked on environmental and natural resource conservation for his entire career.

Please come join us for an evening of discussions on our state's watersheds with some of our state's leaders.

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!


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:  https://www.greenwaynetwork.org/projects-issues/bi-annual-dardenne-creek-monitoring-day.php  or email us at greenwaynetwork@gmail.com 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, 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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