Floody Muddy 101 to teach about river ecology

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 6:22 p.m. CDT; updated 6:46 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 17, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Missouri River Communities Network plans to host experts teaching about river flooding and ecology from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Katfish Katy's boat ramp.

Lesson No. 1: Floods don't stop for festivals.

After postponing the Canoe for Clean Water race, float and festival scheduled for Saturday, organizers put together Floody Muddy 101 in two days.

"This gives people an opportunity to see the river while it's flooding and gain an understanding of why this happens, how it happens, and what happens because of it," said Sarah Pennington, Canoe for Clean Water coordinator.

Speakers will present for 20 minutes.


10:15 a.m. — Rebecca Spicer of the the Missouri River Communities Network will speak about stormwater runoff and its route into the river.

10:50 a.m. — Andrew Plauck of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will teach about fish ecology with live fish caught from the river.

11:35 a.m. — Tim Haller, a ranger from the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, will present a display that illustrates watershed dynamics.

12:20 p.m. — Steve Schnarr, a Missouri River relief manager, will talk about flooding of the Missouri River.

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