River Soundings is a conference for anyone who works on, lives near, relies on and loves the Missouri Rivers.

We have a packed agenda for the weekend including a talk by Derek Hoeferlin from Washington University and a Keynote address by Olivia Dorothy of American Rivers.  We are particularly excited about a tribute to our leader, Greg Poleski, by Tony Messenger from the St Louis Post Dispatch.

Sponsored by Greenway Network, Terrain Magazine, River City Outdoors and Fresh Thyme.

Register soon.  Space is strictly limited.  https://greenwaynetwork.org/river-soundings/


Friday 9/9/22
8:30 Doors Open
9:00 – Living With RIvers

Derek Hoeferlin,  Washington University

10:00 In the Weeds with Waters of the US

Kelly Hunter Foster, Waterkeeper Alliance

Bob Menees, Great Rivers Environmental Law

Charles Miller, Missouri Waterkeeper

11:00 Stormwater Management

Sarah Wright,  MO Department of Natural Resources

Rick Gundlach,  SCI Engineering

Jamie Paige, Wentzville

Kirk Lambrecht, Metropolitan Sewer District

12:00 Lunch

Box lunches can be ordered at Bike Stop Café and will be delivered to the Conference Center.


Brown bag is  welcome.

12:45 River Cairns Photo Montage

Libby Reuter

1:00 Missouri Drought Planning

Donnielle Grimsley, CDM Smith

Michael Weller, MO Department of Natural Resources

2:00 Missouri Agriculture Nutrient Management

Jim Plassmeyer, Director, MO Soil and Water Conservation, MO Dept of Natural Resources

BMPs on Missouri Farms


3:00 Water Levels and Recreation

Mike Key, Natural Resources Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers


3:30 The Big Picture and A Tribute to Greg Poleski

Tony Messenger, St Louis Post Dispatch

430  History Tour of Klondike Park

Ranger Ashley, SCCParks Dept


5:00 pm – 5:30 Dinner

Buffet Dinner $20.  Mosaics Café.

In the pavilion

Sponsored in part by Hoffman Group, River Cairns,

5:30 pm Keynote:  50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers

6:30 pm Campfire Entertainment

Woven Voices

Sponsored in Part by Dan Burkhardt

Saturday 9/10/22  
8am Bird Walk

Ranger Abigail, St Charles County Parks Dept.

 8:30 Registration
9:00 Plastic Pollution

Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Project

Jennifer Wendt,  Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative

MicroPlastics /Trash Free StL

Rachel Bartels, Missouri Confluence Water Keepers

Josh Wilson, Blue 2 Blue

Steve Schnarr, Missouri River Relief

10:00 Confluence of Research and Recreation

Brian Waldrop, Missouri Department of Conservation

10:30 Existing and Expanding Opportunities to Bring People to the River

Steve Schnarr,  Missouri River Relief

Anthony Beasley, Outdoor Afro, River City Outdoors

Chris Geden, Thrive Outside

11:30 Brainstorming

Steve Schnarr, Missouri River Relief

Charlene Waggoner, Greenway Network


Questions to contemplate:


·        What can I do to make the Missouri River more accessible?

·        With whom can I collaborate to further my goals related to big rivers?

·        How can I continue to expand my network and share the valuable information I have with others?

·        How can we continue to grow and strengthen the network of groups here today, bring in others?

·        How can we build on our collective strengths through partnerships?



11:30 Big River Shoutout

Molly Dempsey, Miss Augusta

Brad Kovac, Terrain Magazine

This is an opportunity for representatives of organizations present to stand up and give a 1 – 2 minute introduction to the work they are doing and/or the issues about which they are concerned.

12:30 Lunch 

Fresh, healthy options available from KT Caboose. In the pavilion.

12:30 –  3:00 Let’s  Get Outside  In the Pavilion!

Activities, booths and food truck

Chris Geden, Thrive Outside

Missouri River Relief Boat tours (sign up at check-in)

Marine Debris Tracker

Missouri Stream Team


Microplastic Sampling

Terrain Magazine

Greenway Network

Gateway Trout Unlimited

Paddle with Alpine Shop

Paddle with Big Muddy Adventures