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March 5 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Close Up on Clean Water"

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
NOTE: This presentation is the FIRST Tuesday of the month for March only. Then we'll go back to our regular second Tuesday.

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

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?

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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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Wild & Scenic Film Festival - 2013

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Sunday, February 10th - 2:00-6:00 p.m.
The Blue Note - Columbia, MO

On Sunday, February 10, Missouri River Relief hosted our third installment of the traveling Wild & Scenic Film Festival at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO.

The event was a friendraiser and fundraiser for River Relief, with the goal of raising awareness on some crucial environmental issues and inspiring action in the community.

Because of the creativity and hard work of the River Relief crew volunteers and the staff of the Blue Note, it was a smooth, inspiring and fun afternoon with friends. River Reliefers baked food, made popcorn and worked all over the venue. Donations for our raffle and silent auction poured in from the community and bidding was hot and heavy! Check out the list on the right for all the generous donors.

Thanks to everyone involved we raised over $5,400 for cleaning up the Missouri River!

Thanks everyone! See you next year!

Below is a list is a list of the films, more info on the festival and links to lots more.

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Feb. 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"Mitigating for Lost Habitat on the Missouri River"

presented by Kasey Whiteman, biologist with Mo. Dept. of Conservation

Wednesday, February 13, 2013jameson island

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

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(directions below)

Presentation is FREE!

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

Over the past 100 hundred years the Missouri River has been highly altered which has resulted in the loss of naturally occurring side-channel chutes. In the late `90s and early 2000s the US Army Corps of Engineers started to mitigate for these losses by reconstructing chutes.

Since then our knowledge of how to build chutes, how they are developing and the fish response has increased. Currently more mitigation efforts are slated to take place each year and research continues.

Kasey Whiteman is a biologist with the Mo. Dept. of Conservation studying reptiles, amphibians and fish of the Missouri River. He'll bring that unique on-the-river perspective to a look at how the habitat mitigation project is evolving.

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Feb. 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2013

"The Prehistory of the Lower Missouri River"

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presentation by Joe Harl, St. Louis Archeological Research Center

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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)

St. Louis has been a cultural hub going back 12,000 years, since the last ice age. Being at the Confluence of the continent's two longest rivers, it has always been a site of pilgramage, trade and a diversity of cultures. 

Joe Harl and his collegues at the joeharl_dampiersiteSt. Louis Archeological Research Center have been involved in many recent archeological digs revealing this rich heritage here. He will be sharing his knowledge of the parade of cultures in this area, from the first hunting bands, through the widespread Woodland culture, the complex civilization of the Mississippians based out of Cahokia and the later groups moving through as Europeans moved into the area.

There is no one in the area that knows quite as much as Joe Harl about the latest discoveries of our heritage in the Confluence area.

Mr. Harl graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MA degree in Anthropology.  He has been performing archaeological investigations across Missouri and Illinois since 1978 with the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and has served on the board of directors for the Missouri Archaeological Society and the Missouri Association of Professional Archaeologists.

Top photo - a wood duck effigy, image courtesy of arc-stl.com. Bottom image from a story in the Suburban Journal

 

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Feb. 12 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2013

"Reading Rings from the River -
a 14,000 year history of climate, carbon and change in tree rings"

presentation by Rich Guyette, dendrochronologist with Missouri Tree Ring Lab, University of Missouri, Columbia

Tuesday, February 12, 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!

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Rich Guyette is all about tree rings. As a founding member of the Missouri Tree Ring Laboratory, he and his colleagues use their expertise in reading, archiving, analyzing and storing tree rings to provide baseline data useful in a wide variety of fields. From fire histories to drought mapping, from carbon sequestration modeling to climate histories, the information found in these tree rings is wide-ranging.oldoak

One of their long term projects has been locating and analyzing ancient "sub-fossilized" oak trees embedded in the alluvial sediment along Northern Missouri rivers including the Missouri, the Grand and other Grand tributaries. With the information they've collected, they have created a database of midwestern climate going back 14,000 years.

Next time you're climbing over piles of driftwood along the Missouri, keep in mind that some of these logs are ancient time capsules of climate and history.

 

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