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Protecting Our Missouri Waters

Steve Krabbe, Kansas City regional Watershed Coordinator for the Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources will discuss “Our Missouri Waters”, an initiative to nurture grassroots partnerships to improve our watersheds.

photo courtesy of Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources

Time and Place

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:00 pm

Westport CoffeeHouse Theater
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Presentation by Stephen Krabbe, MO. Dept. of Natural Resources

NOTE: Beginning this month, the Kansas City Big Muddy Speaker Series will take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Westport Coffeehouse Theater – 4010 Pennsylvania Ave. Kansas City, MO
6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation

Click here to download flier (pdf)

Our Missouri Waters is the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ new approach to improving the quality of the waters of the State of Missouri.  Although the quality of rivers and lakes in Missouri has improved dramatically since the Department was formed 40 years ago, improvements can still be found.  Until now, the focus has been on regulating point sources of water pollutants.  Now, the focus is shifting to look at each watershed and its unique situation.

There are already many organizations working to preserve and protect Our Missouri Waters, including volunteer organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, and individuals on their own.  Our Missouri Waters aims to bring these groups together to set priorities and make a plan of action to build upon our cumulative successes.  This effort will be championed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, but led by the local groups who truly know the watershed and its needs.  By forming partnerships, we will be able to take a holistic approach that is approved and supported by all involved.

A map of the target watersheds in the Our Missouri Waters Initiative

Steve Krabbe, the Watershed Coordinator for the Kansas City Regional Office, will talk about the Our Missouri Waters model, how it fits with the mission and organization of MDNR, the success of the pilot phase, and how it will begin in the Kansas City Region.

Steve Krabbe is a seven-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Kansas City Regional Office; recently appointed as the Watershed Coordinator for the region, he has experience volunteering for several environmental organizations, teaching Environmental Science at local universities, and assisting communities and facilities achieve compliance with environmental regulations.


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.

Resources and Links

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