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July 9 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Intersex Sturgeon on the Missouri River? - the effects of emerging contaminants on a big river"

presentation by - Diana Papoulias, PhD, Research Fish Biologist US Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Centersturgeon

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

In 2000, research fish biologist Diana Papoulias began documenting an uptick in previously rare cases of intersex shovelnose sturgeon. These Missouri River fish were developing both male and female reproductive organs.

Those fish were shovelnose sturgeon, which are considered a valid experimental surrogate for the federally endangered pallid sturgeon. Diana's discovery began more than a decade of research into this phenomena, focusing on finding the chemical and environmental causes that are present in Missouri River water that might be effecting the reproduction of the pallid.

This research has been ongoing during a period when a lot of research into "emerging contaminants" in our water supply has shown disturbing effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Diana will describe the reproductive effects they've documented in fish, what is known about the chemical contaminants in the Missouri River, and the pathways for how these chemicals are causing such dramatic changes in fish.

intersex sturgeon

This dissection of an intersex sturgeon shows both male and female reproductive tissue. photo courtesy of Diana Papoulias, USGS.

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June 12 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"Too much water, not enough water - Balancing the 8 'Authorized Purposes' of the Missouri River"

presentation by Larry O'Donnell, Healthy Rivers PartnershipLittle Blue River Watershed Coalition & Missouri River Relief

Wednesday, June 12, 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)

Recently four U.S. Representatives from Missouri proposed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remove "Fish and Wildlife" as Authorized Purposes for the management of the Missouri River. There are currently 8 Authorized Purposes representing different uses and stakeholders along the river: Navigation, Flood Control, Irrigation, Fish & Wildlife, Water Supply, Water Quality, Recreation and Hydropower.

What are the ways that these different uses conflict with each other? Why would certain stakeholders want to remove certain official uses of the river and what would that mean for the future of habitat restoration on the Missouri River? How does giving away "surplus water" for fracking in North Dakota fit into this?

Larry O'Donnell will share his perspectives on these and other questions regarding the politics of Missouri River management.

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June 12 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2013

"Location, Location, Location -
How Missouri River geography shapes restoration and management options"

presentation by Robert Jacobson, PhD, Chief of River Studies Branch, US Geological Survey

Wednesday, June 12, 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.

Natural Areas River Trip 10-23-10The past three years of extreme flooding followed by extreme drought followed by flooding in the Missouri River basin highlights the difficulties in managing and restoring this massive river system. Every decision made in Missouri River management seems to have repercussions that affect other uses or stakeholders along the river.

The Missouri River basin ranges over 23 degrees of longitude and 12 degrees of latitude, and in its breadth it encompasses tremendous physiographic, climatic, ecologic, and socio-economic diversity from the snowpack of the Rockies to the arid plains of the Dakotas to the moist river hills of the Ozarks' northern edge. 

This diversity promotes challenges to restoration and management. One size of policy does not fit well in all parts of the river. Robert Jacobson, PhD, chief of River Studies for the US Geological Survey, will provide an overview of the environmental geography of the Missouri River and an analysis of how the very location of the river effects restoration and management options along the mainstem from Montana to Missouri.

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May 8 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2013

"Taming the Wild Muddy
A History of Change on the Missouri River"

Presented by author and historian Jim Denny

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

4:30 p.m. Free Paddle trip with Big Muddy Adventures!
6. p.m.
Meet at Big A's Restaurantgarylucymoon
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.

As America explored, settled and learned to live with the Missouri River, it also forever changed the nature of this wild, western river. In one of the Big Muddy Speaker Series' most popular presentations, author Jim Denny uses historical journals of early river travellers, including Lewis and Clark, to conjure up the essence of the natural Missouri River.

(painting by Gary Lucy of Washington, MO. Check out more of Gary's historical river art at his gallery website: www.garylucy.com)

The Missouri River as the first American explorers encountered it was a fickle, floody and dangerous place. Moving sandbars, collapsing banks and minefields of snags and debris made navigation on the river incredibly difficult. It was also a haven for wildlife, an everchanging creater and destroyer of a rich tapestry of habitat.willowmatrevetment

Looking at today's channelized river, it's tough to visualize the character of that wild river. Jim does a great job of digging into past accounts of the river, especially journals from the Lewis and Clark Expeditions, to describe both its untamed power and its sublime beauty and bounty. His descriptions of how the Army Corps of Engineers tamed the Big Muddy make it clear just what an amazing feat it was to control the Missouri River. (photo above: crews in 1929 stabilizing the banks with mats woven from willows. The willow mats would then get covered with rock laid by hand)

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May 8 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"Close Up on Clean Water"

presentation by Kat Logan Smith, Director of Environmental Policy for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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

The 40 year-old Clean Water Act aims to protect the “physical, chemical, and biological” integrity of our nation’s waters so our creeks, rivers, and oceans can thrive. For four decades Missouri has left nearly 150,000 miles of waters with insufficient protections to safeguard their health. At the same time, our waters are under increasing pressures from development, agriculture, and climate stress.

How can the Missouri River thrive when the creeks that feed it are unprotected? How can we secure our freshwater resources when 80% of our state’s waters are not held to Clean Water Act standards? How can we ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy healthy waters in Missouri?

 missouristreams

left - all Missouri Streams; right - streams classified under Clean Water Act
graphic courtesy of Mo. Coalition for the Environment

katKat Logan Smith will give us a basic overview of the Clean Water Act, how the law can work to keep fish thriving, restore damaged waters and safeguard our highest quality waters. She'll review the Missouri Coalition for the Environment petition for full protections for Missouri waters and let us know how we can preserve our water heritage for future generations.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment works to protect and restore the environment through education, public engagement, and legal action.

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