Restoring the Big Muddy

Published: February 21, 2012

Original Presentation- Feb. 21, 2012 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

“Restoring the Big Muddy” – by Mike Chapman, US Army Corps of Engineers

The historic Missouri River was a completely different river system than what we have today. From a meandering, unpredictable muddy stream, we have reshaped the Mighty Mo into a more stable (but still unpredictable) swift channel.

Mike Chapman, an engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Recovery Project, conveyed how we have moved from there to here and where we may be going. He discussed the reasons for habitat restoration, described the varied restoration projects the Corps has completed on the river, and discussed urrent concerns in the State of Missouri with sediment management on the river.

Jameson Island and Lisbon Bottoms

Jameson Island and Lisbon Bottom Units of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo by Steve Hillebrand, US Fish & Wildlife Service


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Missouri River Recovery Program

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Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.

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