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Nov. 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2012

"Discover the Katy Trail"

presented by Hannah Hemmelgarn and Laurel Goodman of Missouri River Communities Network and Missouri River Bluffs Association

Tuesday, November 13, 2012katytrail

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
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Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

photo on right copyright Brett Dufur

This fall, some of the adventurous Americorps members from Missouri River Community Network biked across the state on the Katy Trail, hosting free workshops, presentations and gatherings at all the great river communities along the way. From beer tastings in Augusta to bike repair workshops in Sedalia, the purpose was to highlight the great resource the trail brings to the communities along it.  They called the expedition "Discover the Katy Trail". Hannah Hemmelgarn and Laurel Goodman will join us to share photos and stories from their trip, while providing a broader look at the history and importance of the state's favorite bike ride.

In fact, the crew will be riding their bikes from Columbia to Rocheport for this presentation. Anyone is welcome to join! Sign up on Facebook for more information.

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Nov. 14 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2012

"Whither Missouri? Aldo Leopold's Challenge"

presentation by author and historian Dr. Susan Flader, professor emeritus, University of Missouri

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161

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This month, we will be moving beyond the floodplain of the Missouri River. Missouri environmental historian Dr. Susan Flader has spent a lifetime researching and writing about the "Land Ethic" of Aldo Leopold. She will join us to share her thoughts on extending the vision of Aldo Leopold into the land and water conservation issues we face today.

Presentation is FREE!

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

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Nov. 13 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2012

"Invasion Carp!"

Presented by Duane Chapman, research fisheries biologist for the USGS Invasive Carp Research Program at the River Studies Branch of Columbia Environmental Research Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

(NOTE: this month's talk will be on the second TUESDAY, not Wednesday. Thanks!)

5 p.m. Walk on the Katy Trail with Quinn Kellner of Confluence State Park (more info below)
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!

NOTE - before the presentation, you will have the opportunity to take a short hike on the Katy Trail with Quinn Kellner, natural resources manager of Ted and Pat Jones Confluence State Park. Meet in front of Big A's at 5 p.m. to join the free and informative walk. 

The infamous flying carp

One of the most "charismatic megafauna" of the Missouri River doesn't really belong there. Actually, there are several species of recently introduced asian carp that are changing the ecosystem of the river.

Throughout the Mississippi River watershed, and now potentially the Great Lakes, "Flying Carp" have been flopping their way into people's boats and all over You-Tube. But much of the havoc they are wreaking is under water. USGS biologist Duane Chapman has been on the front lines of the asian carp invasion across the world. He'll join us for an update on what is being learned about these new big river inhabitants and their effects on our rivers.

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Oct 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

"Port of Kansas City, a History"

presented by Branden Leay Criman, Deputy Director of the Port Authority of Kansas City

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012Missouri River Channel Opening Ceremonies

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161

Kansas City was founded on the banks of the Missouri River; fighting the current, the settlers finally heaved boats on land to unload their families, personal effects and the cargo of supplies necessary to build a new community.  Symbolically, the presence of waterborne commerce in the Kansas City area is vital!  Come discover elements of the City’s history based on the barging industry.  Come find out what the Port Authority of Kansas City is doing to revitalize commercial river traffic in Kansas City.  Branden Leay Criman, Deputy Port Director of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri will be at Hickok’s Bar and Grill on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to tell the story of the Port of Kansas City.

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Oct 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series - St Charles

"Jameson Island - Bringing Politics to a Head"

Presented by Brook Spear, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

5 p.m. Afternoon paddle through historic St. Charles on the Big Muddy Adventure's Junebug canoe. (more info below)jameson island
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
(636) 949-9900
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE!

NOTE - before the presentation, you will have the opportunity to hop on the big Junebug canoe with Mike Clark from Big Muddy Adventures for a short paddle through downtown St. Charles. Park near Big A's and walk towards the river. We'll have canoes ready to go on the riverbank near Big A's .

photo of Jameson Chute courtesy of USFWS, Steve Hillebrandt

One of the tools the Corps of Engineers is using to restore habitat along the Missouri lost during channelization is to create chutes and islands on public land adjacent to the river. This has been halted in the state of Missouri by a Clean Water Commission order stopping the excavation of the Jameson Chute on Jameson Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, claiming that the dumping of alluvial sediment in the river during chute construction is a form of pollution.

Brook Spear, a lawyer with the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, will give an overview of Missouri River restoration, how it affects different congressionally authorized purposes on the river and why the current stalemate over how to handle sediment on the Missouri River impacts future restoration. She'll discuss how different interpretations of the Clean Water Act apply to the use of sediment in restoration activities on the Missouri River vs. smaller clearwater streams.

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