Your Environment, Your Future

Greenway Network is a grassroots volunteer based organization. Our mission is to conserve natural resources, encourage sound management of the watersheds and protect the quality of life for the residents of the greater St. Louis area.

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Big Muddy Speaker Series

"Great Lakes, Big Rivers and Soapboxes"


"Connecting to Nature though Volunteer Work on our Public Lands and Waters"

Presentations by Charlene M. Waggoner, Ph.D. President, Greenway Network, Inc

Greg Poleski, Vice President Greenway Network 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7pm Social hour 6pm

WHERE: Big A's on the Riverfront, 308 N. Main St., St. Charles, Mo 63301

"Great Lakes, Big Rivers and Soapboxes" will cover Charlene's impressions from a decade of advocating for water quality in the confluence region.  This will be an informal discussion of the development of Charlene's approaches to and philosophical underpinnings of environmental outreach with an emphasis on positive narrative.

Greg will talk about his 25 years of volunteer work organizing planting and invasive species removal events, trash pickups, and trail work on our parks and streams. The talk will discuss events such as National Public Lands Day,Honeysuckle Hacks and Greenway Network's Conservation Team and the effects they have on our parks and the people who participate. 

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!

For more INFO . . .

River Soundings 

Saturday October 14, 2017 11:30pm - 3:30pm

River Soundings, a discussion on Living with Rivers will be held at the Learning Lab at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center located at 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park on Saturday Oct. 14 2017. The event is free and starts at 11:30 pm with refreshments and snacks. and ends at 3:30 pm

The event is part of a series talks and discussions on river conservation, floodplain and watershed management sponsored by Greenway Network, a Stream Team Association, the Sierra Club and the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance. 


12:00pm Julie Watson the Environmental Education Manager with the Audubon Center at Riverlands will talk about their work helping to conserve migratory birds.

Julie graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Environmental Conservation in 2010. Julie got her start in Environmental Education in high school as a summer camp counselor, and during college she completed an Americorps internship with the Student Conservation Association at Baxter State Park in Maine as a Backcountry Intern. Since graduation she has continued to share nature with the public and students around the country.

The Audubon Center at Riverlands opened its doors in 2011! In a short time the center has been able to make an impact on the community’s connection to our great rivers as well as the wildlife in our region. The Center focuses on two big things: Education and Conservation. Through education and conservation the center works to help local bird species as well as many other species of wildlife. Come learn more about the center’s programs and what work is being done by Audubon in our communities.

1:00pm Tanner Aljets with 1Mississppi will talk on connecting people to the Mississippi River by encouraging them to become River Citizens.

River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America’s greatest River. Whether in arm chairs or wading boots, River Citizens protect the River by speaking up on its behalf and caring for it in simple ways that make a big difference. The Mississippi River is truly America’s River – a critical source of drinking water for 18 million people, a diverse habitat for wildlife, the backbone of our economy and a rich part of our heritage. The Mississippi River unites us as a people and we rely on it more than most of us realize

2:00pm  Brad Walker with the Missouri coalition for the Environment : Our Future? - A Vision for a Land, Water, and Economic Ethic in the Upper Mississippi River Basin

Missouri Coalition for the Environment, with the help of several other organizations and individuals, completed a report on sustainability in 2012 using the Upper Mississippi River Basin as the focus area. The report took a different, and we believe a more rational and supportable approach, to sustainability than other reports typically had. The report is based upon the concept of “strong” sustainability that dispels the inaccurate primary assumptions that our society is based upon, that there are no limits to natural resources or economic growth. Using this approach, conclusions and recommendations are significantly different in creating a long-term vision for the region than our current, unsustainable economic view of the world elicits.

Special Planting Work Day

Sunday - October 15 2017-  9:00am til ?

 Join us Sunday to plant grass plugs at the Jones Confluence State Park. We need a dozen volunteers to help diversify the plant life in the park. We will be helping park staff plant over 500 hundred cord grass plugs and then going for beverages at the Old Bakery Brewery in Alton. If you are interested in helping please email Greg at

Dardenne Creek Fall Monitoring Day

October 29, 2017

All monitor volunteers must practice the best protocol as possible to preserve the integrity of all data collected.  To help eliminate errors in collecting protocol, Greenway Network, Inc. asks that volunteer site LEADERS have, at least, Missouri Stream Team Level I Monitoring training.

Lunch is available at 12:30 noon - 1:00 pm at Greenway Network's office.  All participants enjoy a free lunch courtesy of the Greenway Network, Inc.

Always dress appropriately for the weather and please bring gloves that you do not mind getting dirty.

Register HERE!

Hall Street Block Party

Saturday - November 4, 2017 - 8:00am til 11:30am

Hall Street is one of the worst areas for trash in the Confluence Region.  It needs to be cleaned up and Greenway Network is going to tackle as much of it as possible.  This is an adult only clean up.  This clean up will take place on Hall Street from Grand to the tracks.  The specific locations to be tackled will be determined the day before and the rendezvous address will be emailed to participants and posted on the GN facebook page and website.  Come prepared for lots of trash.  Bring gloves, shovels, rakes and a water bottle.  Food will be provided.  


Cooperative Stream Investigation Project Plan

Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Larry Ruff of Greenway Network, Inc. (Stream Team 463) 


R.M. Wester and Associates, Inc.

Dardenne Creek
St. Charles County
May 2017 – September 2017

Larry Ruff, of Greenway Network, Inc., will be collecting samples of water from sites on Dardenne Creek to be analyzed by R.M. Wester and Associates, Inc. for the presence of E. coli.

The results of the labs test will be reported to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

This is the second year for the project.   Last year the lower Dardenne Creek was tested. This year the middle part of the stream is being examined.

Click here to read the PLAN!

2017 Recycling Events

As a part of our ongoing stream clean and recycling programming we are compiling a list of organizations who will be doing recycling events in 2017 to be posted, on our calendar and website as a reference for the public to use. Events to be posted include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Paper shredding events
  • Electronic Recycling events
  • Medication recycling events
  • Liquid/Solid Chemical (pesticide, automotive, home use) recycling events

If your organization is planning on providing this service to the public in 2017, and would like the event to be posted on our website, please let us know the following: Date, Times, Website or registration link, Items accepted and Costs to the public, if any.

We will do our best to include all appropriate events on our page and will include links to the page and when possible links to your website in our social media and newsletters. 

If you have questions please email:

 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 join a Conservation Team, click here.

To register for monthly volunteer work days at Riverlands, click here.

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