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Helping out the Hermann Trash Mob

Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2012
Hermann Beach, Hermann, MO

An amazing year on the river, for sure.

After unprecedented flooding last year, we've been witness to this deepening drought. Despite a bit of moisture in the parched midwest, our big rivers continue to drop. Revealing new beaches shaped by last year's high waters. And all the treasures...and trash....contained within them.Trash Mob: Hermann Beach Tire Clean-up 12-29-12

Just below Frene Creek in Hermann, MO., a new beach has emerged. And, of course, the locals have been exploring. We've heard stories of a bone flute and a spear point found there. Treasures like medicine bottles from the 1880's. And dozens and dozens of tires.

Gary Leabman, co-owner of Spirit Hill Bed & Breakfast and one of the leaders in Hermann In Bloom, teamed up with Jeff Noedel of CountyNewsLive.com to get some energy behind cleaning these tires up while we had the chance.

Mayor Pro Tem Ron "Pat" Van Booven brought a tractor, Jesse Geltz brought a ATV (he heard about the cleanup in the CNL and knew he'd be needed), Dave "The River Slave" Marner hopped on the planning process and in two days the whole thing came together. 

Tire Stonehenge

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Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is a monthly series of presentations on Missouri River ecology, history, biology and more by experts in their field. There are now three separate series, in Rocheport, Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Kansas City series is held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Hickok's Grill in the Kansas City River Market District. Click here for the next presentation and directions»

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Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport

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The Big Muddy Speaker Series is a monthly series of presentations on Missouri River ecology, history, biology and more by experts in their field. There are now three separate series, in Rocheport, Kansas City and St. Charles!

The Rocheport series is held the second Tuesday of every month in the lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Bistro in Rocheport at 7 p.m.  

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Jan. 9 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles - 2013

"Close Up on Clean Water"

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

Wednesday, January 9, 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)

Presentation is FREE! Come early to get a spot and order a great dinner from our partner Big A's

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

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Jan. 9 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013

"From Farmland to Floodplain - Restoring Benedictine Bottoms"

presented by Dr. Daniel Bowen,
professor emeritus of Biology, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

benedictine bottoms

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

Since the 1970s, when Dr. Dan Bowen became a professor at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, and began studying birds along the Missouri River, he’s been restoring river habitat at Benedictine Bottoms.  Today, all along the river, people working in restoration look to the work done by Bowen and his cohorts as a model for their efforts; and the Bottoms continues to be a laboratory for understanding how river habitat should work and for developing techniques to make that a reality.

Dr. Bowen will tell the story of bringing Benedictine Bottoms back to life as a functioning river habitat – what worked, what didn’t, what changes have been made over those 35 years and what lives there now.

Benedictine Bottoms is currently managed by the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

photo of Benedictine Bottoms in the Flood of 2011 courtesy of Benedictine College newspaper "The Circuit"

 

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