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After the Flush – Columbia’s Wastewater Treatment System

Presentation by Michele Woolbright, Boone County Stormwater Educator

Michele Woolbright will describe the process the City of Columbia uses to treat wastewater, and what happens next.


An aerial view of the City of Columbia Wastewater Treatment plant, near the confluence of Hinkson and Perche Creeks.

Time and Place

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7:00 pm

Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by Michele Woolbright, Boone County Stormwater Educator

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Bistro Restaurant is now closed on Tuesday, but the bar will be open. You ARE welcome to come early, bring some food and gather with friends before the presentation. Speaker Series attendees are welcome after 5 p.m. 

Hosted by Missouri River Relief

Every day each one of us does it. Very few of us know exactly what happens after we do it. What happens after we flush?

Michele Woolbright will describe the wastewater treatment process for Columbia Missouri. Where does the water comes from? Where do the water and solids go after it has been treated? She’ll explain the testing we complete thoughout the treatment process, to ensure the plant is functioning properly and that the final product has minimal impact on the environment and waterways. She’ll also discuss Columbia’s innovative secondary wetland treatment process. Please bring your questions!

Michele Woolbright is the new Stormwater Educator for Boone County. She is a former operator at the City of Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant.  


  • 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
  • Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It’s the first exit east of the Missouri River.
  • Head north toward Rocheport.
  • After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
  • The presentations are held in upstairs in the restaurant. The restaurant is no longer open on Tuesdays but the bar is! You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks.

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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!

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

The views and opinions expressed by our presenters do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of Missouri River Relief, 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 inform