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Interview with Janet Moreland

UPDATE: On December 5, 2013, Janet Moreland completed her Source to Sea journey by entering the Gulf of Mexico at the South Pass mouth of the Mississippi River. Congrats Janet!

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Buy St. James Wine and Support River Relief!

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For the second year in a row, St. James Winery is showing their support for Missouri River Relief by donating $1 per case of wine sold to cleaning up the Missouri River!

Throughout August and September, any St. James wine you purchase in a Missouri store will count toward this generous donation. Even cooler... St. James wine is now river friendly! In addition to the traditional glass bottle, St. James is now serving their concoctions in river-friendly non-breakable bags.

Click here for more details.

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Fourth Annual Race to the Dome

The 4th Annual Race to the Dome, presented by Missouri American Water, is a charity canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River with two race courses set for Saturday, September 14th.

The longest course is from Providence to Jefferson City (26.6 miles). The shorter is from Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles).

All proceeds from the Race will directly benefit MRR thanks to race organizer, and our 2012 partner of the year, Patrick Lynn, alongside long time River Relief sponsor Missouri American Water.  Thank you guys for all of your efforts and support over the years!

Click here for details about this annual canoe and kayak event!

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July 10 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St Charles 2013

"Climate Change - the Great Political Equalizer"

Presented by Tony Messenger, columnist at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

4:30 p.m. Free Paddle trip with Big Muddy Adventures!
6. p.m.
Meet at Big A's Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Presentation
At Big A's Restaurant
308 N Main St. -  St Charles, MO
(directions below)

 PLUS! Special opportunity for a free paddle before the presentation with Big Muddy Adventures! See below for details.

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Living with the Missouri River is hard. Sharing it across such a massive watershed with its diverse landscapes, cultures and water needs is harder. Throw in the uncertainties of a changing climate and things get really sticky.

In the past three years we've had extreme flooding followed by extreme drought followed by another flood . Since the 2011 flood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been running a series of articles titled "One River, One Problem" calling for states, tribes and stakeholders to come together and develop a sensible plan for management of the Missouri River.

St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger will join us to discuss his ideas for what needs to happen along the river, what positive steps and missteps politicians are already making on this and what role a changing climate plays in all of these decisions. The three main goals outlined in the articles are: creating more room in the floodplain to let the river roam during extreme events, as outlined in the original Flood Control Act of 1944; increasing flood storage capacity in the reservoir system; and reducing development encroachment on the floodplain.

We're delighted to have Tony Messenger return with his unique perspective on the issues facing our watershed.

Free Paddle Trip with Big Muddy Adventures!

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 - first come first served.

Meet by the river behind Big A's at 4:30. You'll be back by 6 p.m.

junebug

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July 10 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

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The WaterOne Missouri River Intake during the flood of 1993.

"Water One's Extreme Climate Challenges - Our Utility's Experience with Drought and Floods in the Missouri River Basin"

presentation by Tom Schrempp, P.E., Director of Production for WaterOne

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
at Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market District)

Click here to download flier (pdf)

According to the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, over half of Missourians acquire their drinking water from the Missouri River. The Missouri River is widely regarded as an reliably high quality source of water. But we all know that the river isn't always the most cooperative partner. Issues like drought, flooding, bed degradation and contamination all effect the reliability of our water supply.

Tom Schrempp, Director of Production for WaterOne, Johnson County's water supply district, will share the process of turning the Big Muddy into tapwater, and how these river issues impact their ability to do that. Looking ahead, he'll describe how the water supply industry is planning for impacts on water due to current and predicted climate changes.

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