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Where’s the Mud? Understanding sediment sources and storage in the Big Muddy

Presentation by Dave Heimann, U.S. Geological Survey

With the building of dams and bank stabilization, we’ve drastically changed the movement of sediment on the Missouri River. USGS hydrologist Dave Heimann will look deeper at where that sediment is in the system, and how that effects other aspects of the river.

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A view from a bridge down into the flooding Missouri River. Photo by Melanie Cheney.

Time and Place

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00 pm

Westport CoffeeHouse Theater
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Presentation by Dave Heimann, hydrologist with U.S. Geological Survey, Missouri Water Science Center

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Where – Westport Coffeehouse Theater – 4010 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO

6 p.m. – Social Hour
7 p.m. – Presentation. Presentation will be filmed – After 7 PM, Please enter through Green Room Burgers

PLUS – This presentation audio will be streaming live on KCDV.tv!
(See past videos here)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public!

The movement of sediment plays a huge role in the ecology and hydrology of the Missouri River.With bank stabilization and massive upstream reservoirs blocking sediment flow, the Lower Missouri River carries about 1/5 of the sediment load that it did historically. Dave Heimann will look deeper at where that sediment is in the system, and how that effects other aspects of the river.

The presentation will include a historical perspective of sediment measurements on the Missouri River beginning with those made by Lewis and Clark through the present sediment monitoring conducted by the USGS.  A summary of a recent USGS-Army Corps of Engineers study to develop a sediment budget of the lower Missouri River will be discussed along with the use of sediment information in the management and restoration of the Missouri River.


Westport CoffeeHouse – 4010 Pennsylvania Kansas City, Mo – www.westportcoffeehouse.com

The Westport CoffeeHouse is in the Westport entertainment area, midtown KC, south of downtown and north of the Plaza.  The main intersection is Westport Rd and Broadway.  From this intersection, go west on Westport Rd one block to Pennsylvania. Turn north (right).

OR you can get there from the intersection of Southwest Trafficway and Westport Rd.  Go east on Westport Rd to Pennsylvania. Turn north (left).

Westport Coffee House is approximately one block down on the west side of Pennsylvania.  Parking can be had either south of the coffee house in the large parking lot or just north of the coffee house alongside the building.  Enter through Green Room Burgers or Westport CoffeeHouse.

“Tributary” – a collaboration of Art and Science

This presentation is part of a two-month long project called “Tributary – An Exploration of the Missouri River, Real and Metaphorical” curated by Minister of Information Don Wilkison and hosted by Charlotte Street Foundation. Find out all the details here. 

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The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City

is hosted by these wonderful partners!

Thanks to all of our venue hosts for making this possible! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series is also held monthly in Rocheport and St. Charles.

Recordings of Presentations

Kansas City Digital Video has been recording Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations. These are available on their website at this link. Some contain synchronized powerpoint presentations. We will be posting these to the archived presentation pages on bigmuddyspeakers.org. Thanks Micheal Morgan and crew for putting this important archive online!