The Missouri River watershed was a topic of discussion Wednesday in Washington.
Our Missouri Waters, a Missouri Department of Natural Resources group, hosted a meeting at Jesuit Hall to go talk about the watershed. The meeting touched on recreation, tourism, economic development and local environment.
More than 30 people headed to the top floor of Jesuit Hall to learn about the watershed, which extends from the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers west to Audrain and Callaway counties.
David A. Wilson with East-West Gateway Council said the council recently completed a report regarding the Meramec River watershed and is moving on to the bigger Missouri River watershed.
Wilson said meetings are being held across the region. The sessions are designed as a place where people from the area can gather and share ideas about the watershed. Because the area has both urban and rural areas, East-West Gateway is seeking information on how everyone can work together.
Wednesday’s meeting began with an introduction by Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy. Lucy, who also works with Missouri River Country. The mayor said she is excited to work with people who believe in the importance of the Missouri River.
Missouri River Country was started after a meeting in Washington about commerce and conservation in the communities along the river. Chad Eggen with Boonslick Regional Planning Commission said his group has taken on the task of promoting Missouri River Country.
Other topics discussed were water quality, tourism, recreation and current projects being done to promote the area.
Wilson said Wednesday’s meeting was the third in a series of six planned to discuss the watershed. The first two were in Starkenburg and St. Charles.
The next meeting will be Monday, April 10, in Marthasville to discuss wastewater treatment, on-site septic systems and more. The group will meet Wednesday, May 10, in Chesterfield, to discuss river management, floodplain management and more.
The final meeting will again be held in Washington. The group is set to meet in June to review what was talked about at the five prior meetings.