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Meet your Confluence Waterkeepers

Presentation by Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper co-founders Rachel Bartel and Bob Menees

Meet our local Missouri Waterkeepers, learn what they are doing to protect clean water in our region, and how you can get involved!

Sioux Power Plant

Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper Rachel Bartel teamed up with Lighthawk to do a series of overflights of the St. Louis area during the 2019 flood, especially focusing on capturing flooded infrastructure. This photo is the Ameren Sioux Power Plant near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

Time and Place

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
7:00 pm

Big A's on the Riverfront
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Presentation by  Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper co-founders – Rachel Bartels, Director of Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper, and Bob Menees, Attorney with Great Rivers Environmental Law Center

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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

The origins of the Waterkeeper movement date back to 1966, when commercial and recreational fishermen, many of them veterans, united to save the Hudson River in New York. Their outspoken, citizen-led advocacy ensured that laws were enforced and that their river, livelihood, and the health of their families were all protected. With this, the first Riverkeeper was born.

In 1999, Waterkeeper Alliance was founded to support the growing number of Waterkeepers, Riverkeepers, Baykeepers, Coastkeepers, etc. popping up to protect local waterways across the country. Today, Waterkeeper Alliance is the largest and fastest growing network of clean water advocates in the world.

Waterkeepers are the voice for the rivers and defenders of the fundamental human right to clean water. These water wardens patrol local waters, identify and investigate pollution, monitor water quality, work collaboratively to address river issues, advocate for compliance with clean water laws, and prosecute those who willfully violate them. Through community engagement and education, their goal is to energize local communities around water issues and empower you to protect your right to drinkable, fishable, swimmable water.

The Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper, co-founded by Rachel Bartels and Bob Menees of the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, is focused on the Great Rivers Region of Missouri and Illinois. The organization was founded in 2018.


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.