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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.


From Kansas City, Kansas: 

  • Take I-70 into Missouri.
  • Take exit 2D towards Main St.
  • Merge onto W. 6th St.
  • Turn left onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

From the East:

  • Take I-70 into downtown Kansas City.
  • Take exit 2F toward Grand St./Walnut St./Oak St.
  • Keep left at the fork and merge onto E Independence Ave.
  • Turn right onto Walnut St. Hickok's Grill will be on your left.

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