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The Meramec River Basin Summit - A River in Renaissance
Midwest Region, September 22, 2007
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The Meramec Tributary Alliance hosted the Meramec River Basin Summit in September to celebrate past successes and to collaboratively create a vision for the future of the Meramec and its tributaries. The Summit brought together people and organizations who contribute to the water quality protection, restoration, conservation and outdoor recreation benefits of the watershed. The summit offered a greater appreciation for the Meramec River and its tributaries as valued agricultural, conservation and outdoor recreation resources. Session topics included: History, Threats, and Opportunities in the Meramec River; Conservation and Water Quality; Parks, Greenways and Outdoor Recreation; The Impact of Economic Development and the Growth of Tourism on the River; and Upper Meramec River Best Land & Water Management Practices. The Keynote speaker was Andrew Fahlund, Vice President of American Rivers. He discussed American Rivers in Renaissance. Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Administrator Steve Eder discussed the aquatic species of the Meramec. His charming analogy comparing stream structures such as boulders and gravel to personality types truly showed how people from different organizations and viewpoints could still work together toward a common goal. Branch Chief for Fish Conservation Joanne Grady worked with Steve Nagle, Community Planner for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, to present the Meramec Initiatives framework and to encourage participants to submit their ideas for the future of the Meramec River. It is hoped that the ongoing collaborative communication growing out of the summit will further inspire the public to embrace the river and appreciate the many cultural and natural benefits found there.

Contact Info: Joanne Grady, 573-234-2132 x101, joanne_grady@fws.gov
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