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Meeting of the River Minds
Midwest Region, September 17, 2009
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A 24-foot aluminum john boat, floating down the Missouri River is not a typical meeting location, but when the subject is the Missouri River it makes perfect sense.  This floating meeting is where Wyatt Doyle and Colby Wrasse of Columbia FWCO found themselves on a sunny September afternoon.  We were invited to this informal gathering by Missouri River Relief.  Dubbed the “River Manager’s Forum,” the event was an opportunity for professionals working on the river to share results of their work, discuss river issues and brainstorm.  Representatives from U.S. Geological Survey, University of Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri River Relief, and Columbia FWCO were in attendance.  The day’s topics included habitat restoration, invasive species issues, pallid sturgeon, and outreach and education.  Having the Missouri River as a backdrop for the meeting, served as a great visual aid and helped to keep the conversation rolling.  All participants seemed to enjoy the afternoon on the river and hopefully learned something new along the way. 

 

Colby Wrasse

Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov



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