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Greenway Network, Inc.

presents

Pre-Forum Speakers

at the


“National Adaptation Forum”

Monday May 11th 2015  9am to 5 pm

Union Station

1820 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63103

 

Greenway Network would like to address the impacts of various river management structures which locally increase flood heights and climate extremes, the new norm, in discussing local adaptations needed to reduce flooding risks in the Greater St. Louis Region.

Our session will address adaptations completed, in progress, mistakes made and further adaptations needed. On the Mississippi River floodplain, the St. Louis flood wall was very close to overtopping during the 93' flood and various levee systems in Metro East Illinois were close to total failure from under seepage. St Charles County, which precariously borders both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, was over 40% flooded and is still largely unprotected. On the Missouri River, the Chesterfield Levee failed from a sand boil and the Earth City Levee almost gave way to under seepage. In the 1995 flood we had the advantage of various levees still not repaired, that fact helped lower the peak stage in St. Louis.

Today, the entire St. Louis County along the Missouri River has "so called" 500 year plus some feet levee protection. The Metro East system was decertified and is under major repair. Inside all these levee systems we are seeing rapid growth. Due to these many changes, combined with climate extremes, our region may not be so lucky next time one of these rivers rise!

SPEAKERS AT PRE-FORUM

C. Shane Barks, Deputy Director U.S. Geological Survey Missouri Water Science Center, 1400 Independence Road, Rolla, MO 65401  Shane will discuss USGS streamgage monitoring and data analysis activities in the St. Louis area.  He will describe a web-based application called StreamStats being developed for the St. Louis Area by the USGS.  StreamStats will serve published streamflow statistics to the public and will provide for the estimation of streamflow statistics for ungaged sites on streams. StreamStats is an integrated web-based GIS application used to make the process of computing streamflow statistics much faster, more accurate, and more consistent than previous manual methods.  Shane will also discuss USGS flood inundation mapping activities.

 

Robert Criss, PhD., Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  

Bob is co-editor of several books including “At the “At the Confluence: Rivers, Floods, and Water Quality in the St. Louis Region” MBG Press, 2003. His published papers encompass many disciplines and have appeared in more than 40 different scientific journals and several government series.

Bob has used his theory of evolving statistical populations to extract the present-day flood risk from historical data on flooding. He will show that the estimated flood levels for extreme events are much too low, and will discuss how factors such as in-channel structures are causing flood levels to rise on midwestern rivers.


Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director, NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information, Kansas City, MO.  Doug will discuss the latest National Climate Assessment in terms of the Midwest and potential local/regional impacts.  Doug will also discuss a few tools for climate resiliency and awareness the audience might be interested in.

 

John Hoal PhD., ALCP Founding principle of H3 Studios, Inc., a planning and design firm.  John lectures internationally on sustainable communities is the chair of Masters Urban Design and professor at the College of Architecture Washington University and has a doctorate in Philosophy specializing in urbanism, a Fulbright scholar, St. Louis City Planner and “MISI ZIIPPI: Living with the Great Rivers Forum” organizer.  John will give some history of planning and urban design in St. Louis with a look to future ideas in reducing flood impacts.

 

Paul Wagner, Aquatic Ecologist and group manager at USACE's Institute for Water Resources and collaboration with other Federal Agencies.  Prior work with The Nature Conservancy on conservation planning and natural heritage.  Paul is on the Steering Committee for this “National Adaptation Forum”

Paul will discuss

 

Edward J. Brauer, Hydraulic Engineer, St. Louis District Water Management USACE Eddie will address the U. S. Army Corps St. Louis water management history at the St. Louis Harbor and entire St. Louis region.

 

Brad Walker, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Big Rivers Director.   Brad was the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Coordinator for Prairie Rivers Network in Illinois from 2006 until 2008 and the Izaak Walton League of America’s UMR Coordinator until May 2011. Brad has a B.S in Civil Engineering and a M.A. in Geography.  Brad will discuss the positive things the Coalition has done to help adapt to flooding and watershed issues.

 

Kathleen Henry, The Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.  Kathleen will discuss the early involvement in the Earth City Levee and address adaptations completed, in progress, mistakes made and further adaptations needed.


Tony Messenger is the editorial page editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 2015 he was honored as a Pulitzer finalist in editorial writing and won the national Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He will discuss the editorial page's "One River. One Problem" series and whether the St. Louis region has learned anything from its history of flooding.

 

NOTE:  This full day session on Monday May 11th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lunch included is free and being hosted by Greenway Network but due to limited space we are asking that anyone wishing to attend to please go to our web site  and register www.greenwaynetwork.org 

 


 Save the Date

October 17, 2015

Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Big Muddy Speaker Series

From "Save It, Don't Pave It" to Making the Best of Development

A feasibility study for sustainable development near Creve Coeur Park


 Presentation by Melissa Moulton, co-organizer of Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth


When:   Wednesday, May 13 6:30pm

Where:  Big A's on the Riverfront 

           308 N Main St, St Charles, MO

Traditional large-scale developments bring the specter of long-term environmental damage in the form of disturbed watersheds, poor water quality, destroyed habitat and degradation of green space - not to mention a negative impact on the park.  But is that reality inevitable?  A new idea, "green infrastructure,"is gaining momentum as a way to balance the value of nature and the demands of economic development.

Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth, a local grass-roots organization, recently conducted a feasibility study to identify how green infrastructure methods can protect and conserve natural resources while adding value to development plans.  Melissa will reveal the results of the study, which will be freshly completed.
Melissa Moulton has been a community activist on behalf of Maryland Heights residents for eight years.

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!
For more info. . .

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Come out early for a free Paddle trip with Big Muddy Adventures! 
Meet by the river behind Big A's at 4:30. You'll be back by 6 p.m. Join expert Missouri River guide Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures before the presentation for a up and downstream paddle through downtown St. Charles on the Junebug canoe.
Space is limited so please Register online.

Join us at the

Riverlands Bird Blitz

Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm

The Audubon Center at Riverlands
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, Mo, 63386 (map)

Free public event. Guided bird hikes. Native habitat plantings. Family-friendly events.

Register to let us know you are coming.



PRESENTS AN EVENT TO BENEFIT:

 

Friday May 22, 2015
5:30PM-9:00PM

Please enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts as you shop and visit with some of our featured artists from the St. Louis area.  Suggested minimum donation is $10.00 upon arrival. Additional donations are welcome.

RSVP by end of business hours on Thursday May 21, 2015. Everyone who RSVPs early will receive a gift bag and your name entered into a drawing valued over $140. Courtesy of our sister store Mitchell James Salon. You may RSVP by calling 314-726-609 or emailing us at SCHONBYMJ@GMAIL.COM.

 SCHON 30 The Boulevard St. Louis MO, 63117. 314-726-6909

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Storm Drain Marking

 Volunteer Opportunity!

Pick up supplies and maps at our office and mark the storm drains on your schedule at your convenience.

215 Indacom Drive
St Peters, Mo 63376

Register here.


Greenway will be assisting our friends at the Mississippi River Water Trail Association with

 The Firecracker Race,

the Mississippi Challenge

on the 4th of July

The race will occur on the Mississippi River Alton Pool formed by the Mel Price Lock and Dam, located upriver from the city of Saint Louis at the Lincoln Shield access. This section of the Mississippi River is very much like a large lake and the race will occur in an off-channel portion of the river. Racers will navigate a triangular 3 mile loop.

For registration or more information go to //firecrackerrace.org/


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