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Drinking the Big Muddy

Presentation by Tim Ganz and Tom Simmons, Missouri American Water

Tim Ganz and Tom Simmons, employees at drinking water supplier Missouri American Water, will share some of the unique engineering and water quality challenges that they face on a daily basis turning the Muddy Missouri into quality drinking water for their customers.


Missouri American Water North Plant along the Missouri River near Chesterfield. Photo courtesy of Missouri American Water

Time and Place

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
6:30 pm

Big A's on the Riverfront
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Presentation by Tim Ganz and Tom Simmons, Missouri American Water

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

4:30 p.m. Free Paddle trip with Big Muddy Adventures! (details below)
6. p.m. 
Meet at Big A’s Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Presentation

At Big A’s Restaurant (in the back room)
308 N Main St. –  St Charles, MO
(directions below)

Believe it or not, 43% of Missourians get their drinking water from the Missouri River. That statistic includes the City of St. Louis water plant which, although it is technically located on the Mississippi River just downstream of the Missouri (just below the Chain of Rocks), is considered Missouri River water by the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources because it is extracted before the Missouri and Mississippi River waters begin to mix.

Despite it’s high turbidity and muddy appearance, the Missouri River is still considered a high quality water source. Of course, drawing water directly from a big river brings its own engineering and logistical challenges. How do they turn that muddy river into drinking water? What effects do agriculture and urban runoff pose to water quality?

Missouri American Water is a private water company serving communities in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. The main source for much of that water is their Chesterfield plant which draws water from the Missouri River. MAW employees Tim Ganz and Tom Simmons, will share some of the unique engineering and water quality challenges that he faces on a daily basis turning the Muddy Missouri into quality drinking water for his customers.

Free Paddle Trip with Big Muddy Adventures!

Join expert Missouri River guide Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures before the presentation for a up and downstream paddle through downtown St. Charles on the Junebug canoe. Space is limited – PLEASE REGISTER on the Greenway Network website.

Here’s the link to register – fill out your name and the month you want to join the paddle trip: www.greenwaynetwork.org/get-involved/educational-events/big-muddy-speaker-series-paddle-registration.php.

This opportunity brought to you by the generosity of Greenway Network and Big Muddy Adventures.

Meet by the river behind Big A’s at 4:30. You’ll be back by 6 p.m.



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.

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The Big Muddy Speakers Series in St. Charles

is hosted by these wonderful partners:

All speakers are presenting for free and Big A’s is sharing the space for free! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Rocheport and Kansas City.

A special thank you to Greg Poleski of Greenway Network and Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures for making this happen!