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Discussion on Floodplain Development in the News

Discussion Led by David Stokes, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance

David Stokes will discuss the recent news of a floodplain TIF rejection last week, and other impending developments and habitat successes in the Confluence region.

Maryland Heights Flooding

Photos of June flooding of Highway 141 at Creve Coeur Mill Road.

Time and Place

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
7:00 pm

Big A's on the Riverfront
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Discussion led by David Stokes, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

6. p.m. Social Hour at Big A’s on the Riverfront
7:00 p.m. Presentation

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

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! 

Hosted by Greenway Network

Last Friday, the St. Louis County TIF Commission voted down a proposal by Maryland Heights to initiate a Tax Increment Financing proposal to raise funds for increased levee and pump protection in the Missouri River floodplain to encourage development. David Stokes, Executive Director of Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, was one of the opposition leaders, emphasizing that increasing floodplain development reduces floodplain storage, increases flood risks and pushes floodwaters onto other communities.

David will join Greenway Network to discuss this most recent news and other work that GRHA is doing to support sustainable floodplain uses and habitat and to fight floodplain development.

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (GRHA) was founded in 2000 in order to directly combat the growing consumption of the 100-year Confluence Flood Plain through commercial development. Primarily comprised of St. Charles County flood plain land owners, GRHA tackles the policies permitting wholesale flood plain development and encourages thoughtful alternatives.


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

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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 for making this happen!

The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Greenway Network, the Big Muddy Speaker Series or any of the partners that support this public forum. The Big Muddy Speaker Series believes that hearing diverse perspectives is a crucial building block for an informed public.