River Soundings

Rivers Soundings is a conference for people who live near, work on, rely on and love the Missouri River.  This annual event includes panel discussions on issues related to big rivers and the Missouri River in particular.  Each year speakers and panelists are experts from around the country who gather to share and discuss challenges and success stories.  Our goal is to bring together people from up and down the river to look for common goals and active strategies to get there.

Event Sponsored by Terrain Magazine, River City Outdoors and Fresh Thyme.

AGENDA (Scroll down for registration)

Friday 9/9/22
8:30Doors Open
9:00 –Living With RIvers

Derek Hoeferlin,  Washington University

10:00In the Weeds with Waters of the US

Kelly Hunter Foster, Waterkeeper Alliance

Bob Menees, Great Rivers Environmental Law

Charles Miller, Missouri Waterkeeper

11:00Stormwater Management

Sarah Wright,  MO Department of Natural Resources

Rick Gundlach,  SCI Engineering

Jamie Paige, Wentzville

Kirk Lambrecht, Metropolitan Sewer District


Box lunches can be ordered at Bike Stop Café and will be delivered to the Conference Center.


Brown bag is  welcome.

12:45River Cairns Photo Montage

Libby Reuter

1:00Missouri Drought Planning

Donnielle Grimsley, CDM Smith

Michael Weller, MO Department of Natural Resources

2:00Missouri Agriculture Nutrient Management

Jim Plassmeyer, Director, MO Soil and Water Conservation, MO Dept of Natural Resources

BMPs on Missouri Farms


3:00Water Levels and Recreation

Mike Key, Natural Resources Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers


3:30The Big Picture and A Tribute to Greg Poleski

Tony Messenger, St Louis Post Dispatch

430 History Tour of Klondike Park

Ranger Ashley, SCCParks Dept


5:00 pm – 5:30Dinner

Buffet Dinner $20.  Mosaics Café.

In the pavilion

Sponsored in part by Hoffman Group, River Cairns,

5:30 pmKeynote:  50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers

6:30 pmCampfire Entertainment

Woven Voices

Sponsored in Part by Dan Burkhardt

Saturday 9/10/22 
8amBird Walk

Ranger Abigail, St Charles County Parks Dept.

9:00Plastic Pollution

Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Project

Jennifer Wendt,  Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

MicroPlastics /Trash Free StL

Rachel Bartels, Missouri Confluence Water Keepers

Josh Wilson, Blue 2 Blue

Steve Schnarr, Missouri River Relief

10:00Confluence of Research and Recreation

Brian Waldrop, Missouri Department of Conservation

10:30Existing and Expanding Opportunities to Bring People to the River

Steve Schnarr,  Missouri River Relief

Anthony Beasley, Outdoor Afro, River City Outdoors

Chris Geden, Thrive Outside


Steve Schnarr, Missouri River Relief

Charlene Waggoner, Greenway Network


Questions to contemplate:


·        What can I do to make the Missouri River more accessible?

·        With whom can I collaborate to further my goals related to big rivers?

·        How can I continue to expand my network and share the valuable information I have with others?

·        How can we continue to grow and strengthen the network of groups here today, bring in others?

·        How can we build on our collective strengths through partnerships?



11:30Big River Shoutout

Molly Dempsey, Miss Augusta

Brad Kovac, Terrain Magazine

This is an opportunity for representatives of organizations present to stand up and give a 1 – 2 minute introduction to the work they are doing and/or the issues about which they are concerned.


Fresh, healthy options available from KT Caboose. In the pavilion.

12:30 –  3:00Let’s  Get Outside  In the Pavilion!

Activities, booths and food truck

Chris Geden, Thrive Outside

Missouri River Relief Boat tours (sign up at check-in)

Marine Debris Tracker

Missouri Stream Team


Microplastic Sampling

Terrain Magazine

Greenway Network

Gateway Trout Unlimited

Paddle with Alpine Shop

Paddle with Big Muddy Adventures


Please register individually.

River Soundings 2022

River Soundings 2022

River Soundings. Sept 9-10 at Klondike Park. Space is limited. Please register individually.
River Soundings includes panel discussions all day Friday and on Saturday Morning. There will be a campfire presentation on Friday evening. There will also be a variety of outdoor ativities on Saturday mostly in the afternoon. You will recieve an email in September with more information about those. REGISTER for each session you wish to attend. Space is limited for some things but we will do our best to accomodate everyone.
Many people request contact information for attendees so that they can connect with people at a later time. We would like to provide your name, email and organization on a printed sheet to be distributed in person at the meeting. Your information will not be shared at any other time or format.

Friday Evening Dinner

Will you be attending dinner? ($20 per guest)
Friday Evening Dinner Total

Your tax free donation to support this conference will be greatly appreciated.  Please include River Soundings in the Donation comments box.

Email questions to greenwaynetwork@gmail.com