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Sept. 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

2011 flood

June 12, near Blair, NE - photo by Lee Valley Auctions. See all of their aerial photos of the flood at www.leevalley.net

"Floods and Mud - Challenges to Managing the Missouri River"

presentation by Robert Jacobson, Ph.D, USGS

Together with our partners, we're kicking off a new location for the Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City on Thursday, September 8. Robert Jacobson, Ph.D, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS), will give a presentation called "Floods & Mud - Challenges to Managing the Missouri River".

The monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series has been going for over 3 years in the Rocheport, MO, area, bringing experts to an informal location for in-depth presentations on a wide variety of Missouri River topics. Now, in addition to the Rocheport location, the Big Muddy Speaker Series will have a monthly presentation in Kansas City. This first presentation will be at the Farmhouse Restaurant in the City Market area.

7:00 p.m. - Thurs. Sept. 8, 2011
The Farmhouse Restaurant
300 Delaware St. - Kansas City, MO
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)
Come early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment!

The Missouri River is valued for a long list of services it provides to society and ecosystems. Balancing all of these demands has always been a challenge. This year's flood and recent concerns about sediment management have brought these controversies to the forefront - can management of this river be balanced to increase support for native ecosystems and species within the matrix of demands we are making on the river and its floodplain?

Robert Jacobson, Supervisory Research Hydrologist for the USGS River Studies Branch will discuss some of the historical and geographical realities that we need to understand and accomodate within any management plan for the river. Through an overview of the Missouri River system, he'll outline the constraints on (and opportunities for) restoration, and a discussion of the potential role of recent flooding to affect change.

Jacobson and co-worker Carrie Elliot map the bottom of the North Overton Chute, near Rocheport, MO. Published in the Columbia Missourian, July 5, 2011

Directions

From Kansas City, Kansas:

  • Take I-70 into Missouri.
  • Take exit 2C to merge onto US-169 N/W 6th St toward Broadway/Downtown. Continue to follow W 6th St
  • Turn left onto Wyandotte St.
  • Turn right onto W 3rd St. The Farmhouse Restaurant will be on your right.

From the East:

  • Take I-70 into downtown Kansas City.
  • Take exit 2D toward Main-Delaware/Wyandotte St.
  • Merge onto W Independence Ave.
  • Turn right onto Wyandotte St
  • Take the 3rd right onto W 3rd St. The Farmhouse Restaurant will be on your right.

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