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Climate Change – the Great Political Equalizer

The Great Political Equalizer


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River

Time and Place

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
4:30 pm

Big A's on the Riverfront
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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 Adventuresbefore 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.

junebug

Directions

To Big A’s Restaurant, our host for the Speaker Series.

To get there from I-70 –

  • Take I-70 to exit 229B – the 5th St. Exit
  • Merge onto 5th St. headed north toward St. Charles.
  • After about 1 mile, turn right on Monroe St.
  • Turn left onto N. Main St.
  • Big A’s will be on your right (308 N. Main St.) Additional parking is available in the rear.
  • Click here to view on Google Maps.

Directions

To Big A’s on the Riverfront, our host for the Speaker Series.

To get there from I-70

  • Take I-70 to exit 229B – the 5th St. Exit
  • Merge onto 5th St. headed north toward St. Charles.
  • After about 1 mile, turn right on Monroe St.
  • Turn left onto N. Main St.
  • Big A’s will be on your right (308 N. Main St.) Additional parking is available in the rear.
  • View on Google Maps.

Resources

A few specific editorials from the series: