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Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles

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 locations for the series, in Rocheport, Kansas City and St. Charles.

The St. Charles series is held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Big A's Restaurant in historic downtown St. Charles.

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St. James Winery supports River Relief!

We are really proud that St. James Winery, one of the largest wineries in the state of Missouri, has adopted Missouri River Relief as the source of donations from their fall campaign. They started out donating wine to the Race to the Dome, and decided to ramp up their support!


During August – September 2012, St. James Winery will donate a part of the sale of each bottle sold at participating Walmart stores to support Missouri River Relief. One dollar for each case sold in Walmarts across the state. It adds up fast! As of August 6, they've already raised $800 for our fall clean-up schedule!

Check out the details at their website!

Thanks to Peter Hofherr, Ann Miller and all the folks at St. James for your amazing support!

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August 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

"No Mama's Boy Float Trip - A 340-mile river race across the state of Missouri"

presentation by Scott Mansker, founder of Rivermiles and race organizer of the Missouri American Water MR340

Wednesday, August 8, 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
Click here for flier (pdf)»
(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

The website for the MR340 says: "Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in St. Charles. Just entering it will impress your friends. Finishing it will astound them… and winning it? Well, you always thought you were sort of a legend anyway, didn’t you? It’s time to prove it."

One of the world's most challenging physical endurance tests happens right here on the Missouri River. The 7th Annual Missouri American Water MR340 is taking place July 31 - Aug. 3 from Kansas City, KS to St. Charles, MO. Paddlers must make the journey in 88 hours or less, with the fastest boats finishing the trip in a day and a half. Just a few days after the end of this year's epic race, organizer Scott Mansker will join a panel of paddlers and race volunteers to discuss how the race works, what it takes to finish and why it's become the biggest event on the Missouri River.

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August 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles

"One River - One Problem"

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

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

5 p.m. Afternoon paddle through historic St. Charles on the Big Muddy Adventure's Junebug canoe. (more info below)2011flood
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! This is our second Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations in St. Charles. Thanks to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network for getting this series rolling!

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 (Note - this plan has changed from what was previously posted)

The Great Flood of 2011 is still changing the way citizens and leaders are looking at how we live with the Missouri River. Since the flooding began last year, 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 why this is important to Missourians. 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.

A special thank you to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network for making this happen in St. Charles!

photo: Decatur area, photo by Lee Valley Auction.

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July 11 Big Muddy Speaker Series - St. Charles 2012

"Pearls along the River - The Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge"

Presented by Tom Bell, Manager for the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge". Talk will be preceded by a walk along the Missouri River through historic St. Charles.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012Jameson Island and Lisbon Bottoms

5 p.m. Informative river walk through historic St. Charles
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! This is our first of many (we hope) Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations in St. Charles. Show up to help kick off this great educational series!

NOTE - before the presentation, there will be a short informative walk through historic St. Charles to the First Capital Building. Meet at Big A's at 5 p.m. to go on the walk.

The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 11 separate units totalling approximately 16,000 acres located along the Missouri River floodplain between Kansas City and the St. Louis area. Using a passive management model, these "pearls on a string" include chutes, islands, wet prairies, bottomland forests, scour holes and lakes and areas that are allowed to flood in high water.

The St. Louis metro area has two units of the refuge, Boone's Crossing and Cora Island, yet few people in the public realize this amazing resource is at their back door. Refuge Manager Tom Bell will join us for a presentation on the refuge, including the history, and overview of the refuge units across the state, plans for restoration projects in the refuge and what they've learned since the refuge started.

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