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January 23, 2013 – 5:30pm
Bluebird Park Administration Center, Conference Room
225 Kiefer Creek Road
Ellisville, Missouri 63021
At this seasons Kiefer Creek Watershed Planning Meeting we are going to dive into the identification of non-point sources of bacteria and chloride in the Kiefer Creek Watershed and discuss the process of allocating loads to the various sources. We will be reviewing draft website content and discussing how this content can be improved or edited to be more effective. Pending approval by the watershed planning committee this updated content will subsequently be published. Watershed Subcommittees will be discussed, the watershed committee will determine which subcommittees should be prioritized, and leaders will be selected to start the process of recruiting members for these committees. We will also go over summer internships and progress on attaining additional funding for the watershed plan.
The Missouri River is one of the longest and most complex rivers in the world. Historically the river hosted a vast wetland ecosystem built upon an interwolven and sinuous channel that would split and reconnect across a wide floodplain. This system has been completely redefined through a century of river modifications designed to facilitate navigation (barges), agriculture, urban sprawl, hydroelectric power, recreational lakes, and water reservoirs. There are myriad impacts from the intensive chagnes to the river and the watershed, Wetlands throughout the Missouri River basin have been drained and converted to agriculture, the channel has been narrowed into one artificially deepend path for the river to follow.
But dramatic human changes to the Missouri and its tributaries make it unlikely that it will be possible to restore the levels of sediment that the Missouri transported into the Mississippi River before 1900, building Louisiana's rich wetlands.
Before 1900, the Missouri and Mississippi rivers transported an estimated 400 million metric tons of sediment a year from the upper Midwest to coastal Louisiana, the report said. They now carry less than half that.
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