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Bridging Troubled Waters: Legal and Water Quality Issues in the Region’s Watersheds
Thursday, March 27, 2008 @ 10:00 AM-12:01 PM
St. Charles Community College4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, Missouri 63376-2865
FREE to the first 20 registrants and $10 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL.
Space is limited.
Robert E. Criss, Ph.D., Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis
Douglas R. Williams, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University
From the world-class Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and the Meramec, one of the few remaining unimpounded rivers in the U.S., to numerous smaller streams that range from nearly natural and pristine to heavily polluted concrete channels, the waterways of St. Louis County are unsurpassed in their diversity. The challenges for conservation, management and disaster response are as varied as the opportunities for comparative study. Channelization of major rivers and urbanization of small watersheds has increased both the severity and frequency of flooding, and at the same time, degraded water quality and habitat. Over-application of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides to fields and lawns; improper disposal of human, animal, organic and chemical wastes; and accelerating urban sprawl and floodplain development have aggravated these problems and generated negative national attention for St. Louis County, yet our regional parks and mitigation sites are marvels that are counteracting these effects. Learn about the science behind water quality issues in the region and the legal concerns involved from a geochemist and hydrologist and a nationally recognized environmental attorney specializing in wetlands.