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2017 Central Chapter Annual Fall Meeting

The 2017 Annual meeting was held on October 11th through October 13th at Pershing State Park. The meeting was centered on the Grand River Basin Project. The basin is experiencing significant loss of aquatic habitat, wetlands, and bottomland hardwoods to extreme floodplain sediment deposition in response to wetter weather cycles, watershed wide stream channelization and related bank erosion.

On Wednesday the 11th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) represented by Jason Farmer and Mike Snyder presented background information on the Grand River Basin Project including detailed discussions about the ecological issues that Fountain Grove Conservation Area, Pershing State Park, and Yellow Creek/Swan Lake are facing.

A tour of various sites was conducted on Thursday October 12th with Tom Woodward, Pershing State Park Superintendant, hosting the tour. In all approximately ten sites were toured showing examples of various habitat degradation, sedimentation, logjams, and areas of avulsion formation. During lunch on Thursday, the Central Chapter held its annual business meeting (meeting notes provided below).

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2002 Central Chapter meeting at Pershing State Park.

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2017 Central Chapter meeting at approximately same location as previous photo in Pershing State Park. Photo shows habitat change due to sedimentation.

On the final day of the meeting, the wetland scientist attendees discussed what they had seen the day before and broke into small groups to develop solutions for the basin. The USACE then presented their solutions for the problems in the basin.

The SWS Central Chapter would like to thank Jason Farmer (USACE) and Tom Woodward (MDNR-Pershing State Park) for providing a wonderful learning experience.
The following are the minutes from the annual meeting held on October 12, 2017:

SWS Central Chapter Annual Meeting
Meeting Minutes – Prepared by Tim Fobes, Secretary

  • By voice vote, Tim Fobes was elected chapter secretary.
  • SWS Multicultural Program – By voice vote, a $100 dollar donation was made from chapter funds to support SWS Multicultural Program at the national level for students to help pay travel expenses for the SWS national meeting.
  • 2018 Central Chapter Meeting Location – Discussion was had regarding possibly holding a joint meeting with the south central chapter next year and/or hosting the chapter meeting in Kansas next year.
  • Training – Discussed hosting a Rosgen based stream training in 2018 as the topic for chapter meeting.
  • Treasurer’s Report.
  • SWS National Meeting – Denver, Colorado May 29-June 1
  • Wetland of Distinction Nomination – The Chapter would like to see one wetland from Kansas and one from Missouri nominated. This is a national initiative to raise public awareness for wetlands. Accepted nominations will become reference standards for future applications. Pershing State Park wetlands and possibly the Lower Grand River COA will be considered.
  • Open Floor – Jodi Burns mentioned SWS is not represented at the Missouri Natural Resources Conference. Will investigate getting a booth and costs. Officers to vote if costs exceed $500. Auction or raffle items needed. Tim Fobes will donate a turkey tail fan plaque. Jodi will get more information out. SWS National can provide booth set up, banners, etc at no cost.

 Meeting adjourned at 12:45. 


2016 Central Chapter Annual Fall Meeting

The 2016 Fall Meeting was held on September 29 and 30 at the Adlyne Freund and Dana Brown Center at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Villa Ridge, Missouri. Members and guests in attendance include: Justin Hughes (USACE), Luke Eggering (Parsons), Jodie Burns (Cattails Environmental), Jeff DePew (Webster University/Earth Designs), Robin Ledford (Geotechnology), Stephanie Graham (MoDOT), Caleb Knerr (MoDOT), Shane Staten (Terra Technologies), Adrianna Krzywicka (Terra Technologies), Shelbi Hollem (Terra Technologies), Mat Rogers (Terra Technologies), Jennifer Schwent (AECOM), Kevin Pulley (AECOM), Chris Thomas (Thomas Native Sciences), Pam Tennison-Rindt (Westar Energy), Katie Astroth (CEC), Lindsey Postaski (Parsons), Darren Mitchell (Louis Berger), Devin Wilson (Black and Veatch), Bill Iseminger (Cahokia Mounds), Meg Karrick (AECOM), Kayla Nienhaus (AECOM), Mark Felton (AECOM), James Reenan (USACE), and Jason Farmer (USACE). On Thursday afternoon, Mr. James Trager, an entomologist and naturalist with the Shaw Nature Reserve, gave members a tour of the 85-acre Shaw Nature Reserve Wetland Mitigation Bank. Mr. Trager also provided plant identification of various wetland and prairie species. The bank was seeded with seed mixes collected and prepared by staff and volunteers of the Shaw Nature Reserve. Following the mitigation bank tour, Chapter President Luke Eggering fried up fish for the chapter’s social event. 

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James Trager provides plant identification and Latin pointers.

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Group overlooks wetland mitigation bank.

On Friday, members and guests held the annual business meeting and enjoyed the following presentations:  William R. Iseminger, Assistant Site Manager/Public Relations, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site – Cahokia Mounds, America’s First City:  A Product of Wetlands, Waterways, Grasses, and Soil, James Reenan, Regulatory Specialist, Kansas City USACE – Corps of Engineers, Missouri Wetland Mitigation Method – Section 10/404 Permitting, Jodie Murray Burns, Environmental Consultant, Cattails Environmental, LLC – Case Study on the Clean Water Crisis Occurring in Flint, Michigan, Jason Farmer, Kansas City USACE – Update on Section 408 Permitting Process, Jeff DePew, PWS, Professor Emeritus, Webster University – The Role of Bioretention Ponds as Natural Areas, and Jason Farmer – The Grand River Basin Study.

The business meeting was conducted over lunch. Chris Thomas was initiated as President and the following new officers elected:  Vice President, Katie Astroth; Treasurer, Lindsey Postaski; and Secretary, Robin Ledford. As in 2015, the Chapter agreed to give $100 to SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program (SWAMMP), as requested by Dr. Vanessa Lougheed. 

For next year’s meeting, Past President, Devin Wilson, suggested that in lieu of the typical 2-day meeting with presentations and a plant id class, the Chapter have a 2-day stream restoration workshop with Dave Derrick, USACE and River Research and Design. Dave is a nationally-known fluvial geomorphologist and several members have attended his seminars previously. A committee (Devin Wilson, Chris Thomas, Pam Tennison-Rindt, and Robin Ledford) was established to coordinate the planned stream restoration training. While a specific site has not yet been chosen, it will likely be in the Kansas City area.


2015 Central Chapter Fall Meeting and Training 

The Central Chapter Annual Fall Meeting was held on October 1-2, 2015 at the Grand Pass Conservation Area, north of Marshall, Missouri. Grand Pass Conservation Area is in Saline County. The Conservation Department purchased 2,100 acres in 1980, 2,611 acres in 1984 and 385 acres in 1994. The Conservation Department also leased 205 acres in 1986 to form Grand Pass Conservation Area. The area consists of Missouri River bottomlands, including wetlands, adjacent river islands, agricultural units, and timber tracts.

View the full schedule and speaker presentations here


2014 Annual Meeting

The 2014 annual fall meeting was held at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jerry Litton Visitor Center in Smithville, Mo. on October 10, 2014. Following the meeting, there was a tour of mitigation sites within the vicinity along with a discussion on the challenges faced during the development of mitigation sites.

View the full schedule and speaker presentations here.


2013 Annual Meeting

The 2013 annual fall meeting was held at the Fountain Grove Conservation Area in north-central Missouri near the town of Meadville. This excellent meeting location is a 7,154-acre property managed primarily for migratory bird habitat that contains a vast amount of wetland habitats located in close proximity to many other large public wetland areas. Speakers included representatives from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the URS Corporation, the Kansas Biological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Norman Ecological Consulting.


 

On Friday, members and guests held the annual business meeting and enjoyed the following presentations:  William R. Iseminger, Assistant Site Manager/Public Relations, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site – Cahokia Mounds, America’s First City:  A Product of Wetlands, Waterways, Grasses, and Soil, James Reenan, Regulatory Specialist, Kansas City USACE – Corps of Engineers, Missouri Wetland Mitigation Method – Section 10/404 Permitting, Jodie Murray Burns, Environmental Consultant, Cattails Environmental, LLC – Case Study on the Clean Water Crisis Occurring in Flint, Michigan, Jason Farmer, Kansas City USACE – Update on Section 408 Permitting Process, Jeff DePew, PWS, Professor Emeritus, Webster University – The Role of Bioretention Ponds as Natural Areas, and Jason Farmer – The Grand River Basin Study.

 

The business meeting was conducted over lunch. Chris Thomas was initiated as President and the following new officers elected:  Vice President, Katie Astroth; Treasurer, Lindsey Postaski; and Secretary, Robin Ledford. As in 2015, the Chapter agreed to give $100 to SWS Multicultural Mentoring Program (SWAMMP), as requested by Dr. Vanessa Lougheed.

 

For next year’s meeting, Past President, Devin Wilson, suggested that in lieu of the typical 2-day meeting with presentations and a plant id class, the Chapter have a 2-day stream restoration workshop with Dave Derrick, USACE and River Research and Design. Dave is a nationally-known fluvial geomorphologist and several members have attended his seminars previously. A committee (Devin Wilson, Chris Thomas, Pam Tennison-Rindt, and Robin Ledford) was established to coordinate the planned stream restoration training. While a specific site has not yet been chosen, it will likely be in the Kansas City area.

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