The Fenton Board of Aldermen heard concerns from the residents and business owners about the recent flooding at its meeting on June 8. Historic flooding has plagued the area for the second time in less than 18 months. Comments ranged from the issues of floodplain development to the Valley Park levee.
Listen below to hear first-hand the comments from the residents and business owners about their concerns and anxiety about the continued flooding.
Photo by Ursula Ruhl, South County Times.
The issue of building levees to hold back the local rivers is again in the spotlight due to the latest round of flooding in areas, such as Fenton, Pacific, Eureka, Valley Park and Kirkwood. (Look for more coverage about the current flooding soon on Environmental Echo.)
Last year, Don Corrigan interviewed Professor Bob Criss, with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. The interview contains some valuable insight into what could be a continuing flooding situation.
This was Criss’s comment last January about the December 2015 round of flooding – “Our flood problems in St. Louis and St. Louis County have been hugely magnified by what I would call idiotic decisions since 1993 especially,” Bob Criss said. “And we knew better.”
Check out the interview from last January below. We’ve come full circle back to where we were last year and Criss’s observations are still relevant today.
Pictured: Dan Zarlenga, the St. Louis Regional Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Dan Zarlenga is the guest on this week’s Environmental Echo podcast series.
Zarlenga, the St. Louis Regional Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, has a unique hobby – he photographs the star filled night sky while incorporating night-time landscapes. The photographs are stunning!
In the podcast interview, Zarlenga shares his technique, how long it took to learn the craft of nighttime photography, and his passion for the outdoors.
All photos courtesy Dan Zarlenga.
The topic of light pollution and how it affects wildlife and the environment is also briefly discussed. Find out more about light pollution at the International Dark Sky Association – HERE.
To hear the interview with Dan Zarlenga and Holly Shanks click continue reading below.
Photo courtesy James Kramper, NWS.
Starting the week of May 22, Environmental Echo will begin a series of weekly podcasts about the most destructive tornadoes to ever hit Missouri. The stories will be based on the research by Don Corrigan for his book, “Show Me … Nature’s Wrath,” and he will be interviewed by Holly Shanks of Environmental Echo. Stay Tuned.
The first tornado covered will be the half-minute hurricane that beat down St. Charles. We hope you will add to the conversation by posting your own observations about Missouri’s tornadic tales. Should Missouri be included in Tornado Alley?
Pictured: Taylor Hale, campaign organizer for Environment Missouri.
Taylor Hale, the campaign organizer for Environment Missouri, is this week’s guest on Environmental Echo. Don Corrigan visits with Hale about the organization Environment Missouri and her thoughts about the politics currently surrounding climate change action.
Environment Missouri “is a statewide citizen-based environmental advocacy organization.”
Continue below to hear the podcast interview.
Pictured: Sarah Willey.
Sarah Willey is this week’s guest on Environmental Echo. Willey is involved with local environmental and activists groups, such as the Sierra Club, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, and MOmentum: Missouri Moving Forward.
Don Corrigan interviews Willey about her thoughts and opinions involving the EPA and climate change, the current political landscape, and 2017 becoming the “year of the march.”
Continue below to hear the podcast interview.
All photos courtesy St. Louis County Library.
The St. Louis County Library seminar series “Science in St. Louis” is connecting scientists with the local community. The informal science talks give local communities the chance to personally interact with scientists working in the St. Louis area.
The seminars are free and open to the public. Attendees can expect to learn about a variety of topics, such as how new drugs are designed, the real CSI: science of forensics, how 3D printers help amputees and even the science of Missouri caves.
Stacey Lewis, the St. Louis County Library Adult Programming Manager, shares insights into the popular program with Environmental Echo. Continue below to hear the podcast phone interview.
All photos provided by Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers.
In 2013, Kirkwood School District’s Keysor Elementary opened the PROJECT IDEA outdoor natural learning space. The nearly one acre of space offers a natural play area and an outdoor lab for enhanced STEM learning. The area is an all-inclusive area for students, families, and the entire community.
Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers and husband Derek, kids Wyatt (12), Shiloh (8), and Ryder (7).
Dr. Meredith Spiekerman Byers, co-chair of Kirkwood School’s PROJECT IDEA, is the guest on Behind the Editor’s Curtain with Don Corrigan.
Byers shares the story behind PROJECT IDEA outdoor space, the community and professional partners of the project, the learning opportunities for students and the community, the STEM emphasis, and the future goals of the project.
Click “continue reading” to hear the podcast with Byers below.
Pictured: C.D. Stelzer.
C.D. Stelzer, a local investigative journalist, has spent years following and reporting on nuclear waste issues in the St. Louis area.
Stelzer spent five years creating, “The First Secret City,” a documentary film that tells the story of St. Louis’ radioactive history and the resulting harmful legacy.
In Don Corrigan’s latest podcast, he talks with Stelzer about the documentary film, the effort it took for Stelzer and project partner to create the film, and the continuing issues with nuclear waste contamination at the Westlake Landfill and Coldwater Creek areas.
A screening of the film is planned for September 14, 2016, at UMSL’s Gallery 210. (find screening information below.)
Little brown bat; close-up of nose with fungus, New York, Oct. 2008. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Photo courtesy Ryan von Linden/New York Department of Environmental Conservation
Bats in the U.S. are under threat from a fungus that causes a disease known as White Nose Syndrome. The disease has the potential to wipe out entire bat populations and is spreading.
Jo Schaper is the guest on this week’s Environmental Echo podcast. Recently, Schaper attended a conference about White Nose Syndrome, held in Denver, Colorado. She shares updated information about what wildlife and conservation organizations are doing to help stop the spread of the disease and what efforts are being implemented to help save the U.S. bat populations.