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Fourth Annual Race to the Dome

The 4th Annual Race to the Dome, presented by Missouri American Water, is a charity canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River with two race courses set for Saturday, September 14th.

The longest course is from Providence to Jefferson City (26.6 miles). The shorter is from Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles).

All proceeds from the Race will directly benefit MRR thanks to race organizer, and our 2012 partner of the year, Patrick Lynn, alongside long time River Relief sponsor Missouri American Water.  Thank you guys for all of your efforts and support over the years!

Click here for details about this annual canoe and kayak event!

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July 10 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - St Charles 2013

"Climate Change - the Great Political Equalizer"

Presented by Tony Messenger, columnist at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Wednesday, July 10, 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.


Living with the Missouri River is hard. Sharing it across such a massive watershed with its diverse landscapes, cultures and water needs is harder. Throw in the uncertainties of a changing climate and things get really sticky.

In the past three years we've had extreme flooding followed by extreme drought followed by another flood . Since the 2011 flood, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been running a series of articles titled "One River, One Problem" calling for states, tribes and stakeholders to come together and develop a sensible plan for management of the Missouri River.

St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger will join us to discuss his ideas for what needs to happen along the river, what positive steps and missteps politicians are already making on this and what role a changing climate plays in all of these decisions. The three main goals outlined in the articles are: creating more room in the floodplain to let the river roam during extreme events, as outlined in the original Flood Control Act of 1944; increasing flood storage capacity in the reservoir system; and reducing development encroachment on the floodplain.

We're delighted to have Tony Messenger return with his unique perspective on the issues facing our watershed.

Free Paddle Trip with Big Muddy Adventures!

Join expert Missouri River guide Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures before the presentation for a up and downstream paddle through downtown St. Charles on the Junebug canoe. Space is limited - first come first served.

Meet by the river behind Big A's at 4:30. You'll be back by 6 p.m.


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July 10 - Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2013


The WaterOne Missouri River Intake during the flood of 1993.

"Water One's Extreme Climate Challenges - Our Utility's Experience with Drought and Floods in the Missouri River Basin"

presentation by Tom Schrempp, P.E., Director of Production for WaterOne

Wednesday, July 10, 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)

Click here to download flier (pdf)

According to the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, over half of Missourians acquire their drinking water from the Missouri River. The Missouri River is widely regarded as an reliably high quality source of water. But we all know that the river isn't always the most cooperative partner. Issues like drought, flooding, bed degradation and contamination all effect the reliability of our water supply.

Tom Schrempp, Director of Production for WaterOne, Johnson County's water supply district, will share the process of turning the Big Muddy into tapwater, and how these river issues impact their ability to do that. Looking ahead, he'll describe how the water supply industry is planning for impacts on water due to current and predicted climate changes.

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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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