Environmental Justice & Human Rights Conference At Webster University

Webster University’s 2017 Annual Human Rights Conference considers challenges associated with “Environmental Justice and Human Rights” on October 11-12. The conference provides intersectional analyses of environmental racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism with the aim of raising critical awareness of the human rights violations caused by environmental degradation. Sponsored by the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, this on-campus event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Browning Hall Auditorium (Room 160, 8274 Big Bend Blvd.)

For more information and conference schedule CLICK HERE.


What Is That On The Train Moving Through The Local Area?

Photo: Lloyd Todd.

Residents of our area keep a wary eye on what’s coming down local railroad tracks. Maybe this can be traced back to the 1980s, when radioactive rubble from Three Mile Island (TMI) passed through on the way to Idaho.

That rubble caused an uproar. Protests resulted in railroads making a number of concessions. For example, the canisters of deadly materials were put on dedicated trains. Buffer cars were placed on either side of shipment railway cars as a safety measure in case of collisions.

In recent weeks, we’ve had several inquiries about huge tubes passing by on the rails. What do they contain? Do they pose any hazard?

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Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz at Shaw Nature Reserve

Here’s your chance to learn about everything from butterflies to birds, crickets to katydids! Citizen science at its best! Everyone is welcome to join in this Citizen Science project. No experience necessary!

When: Saturday, September 23 @ 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Shaw Nature Reserve, 307 Pinetum Loop Road, Gray Summit, MO 63039

FREE and open to all. Registration is required. Teams are filling up fast! Register now to reserve your spot. See below for more details.

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DATE AND TIME: Sat, September 23, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
LOCATION: CommuniTree Gardens in Creve Coeur Park, 2194 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St. Louis, MO 63146


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“Forest Park” Book Events:  Sept., 12 – noon – Kirkwood Chamber of Commerce; Sept. 14 – noon – Kirkwood Rotary

Webster-Kirkwood Times Editor and Webster University Journalism Professor Don Corrigan will speak about the new book, hot off the presses, “Images of America; Forest Park,” which he co-authored with journalist Holly Shanks. Corrigan will offer up some of those images in a PowerPoint presentation and also will talk about some of the great happenings in the park, including the April Earth Days, July 4th Fairs, the Great Balloon Race, LouFest, Shakespeare In the Park, KSHE Kite-Flying contests, sled riding on Art Hill and boating in Post-Dispatch Lake. This will be a nostalgia-fest. Corrigan will invite his audience to share their memories from these events, as well as from their visits to The Muny opera performances, Missouri History Museum, the Science Center, St. Louis Art Museum and more.

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Native Trees and Shrubs Available From MDC State Forest Nursery

Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover, and other purposes.

This year, the State Forest Nursery is taking orders starting a couple months early, beginning on Sept. 1 instead of in November. Orders are being accepted through April 15, 2018. Supplies are limited so order early. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the nursery near Licking from February through May.

More from the MDC information release below.

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Carl’s Climate Letter Has Been Following The Flood Waters

Water over the top of Marshall Road in Kirkwood. photo by Diana Linsley.

Check out Climate Carl’s recent flooding analysis and commentary.

“How often can you expect to see a 500-year flood?  This article in Vox has all kinds of interesting commentary on the subject of flood probability.  One spot in the Houston area has had three of the 500-year type in just five years.  New definitions are needed, and they are likely to have an effect on things like community preparations and property insurance rates.”
Find more interesting and informative environmental analysis from Climate Carl at Carl’s Climate Letters.

Local Event: 2017 Tap Root Speaker Series To Be Held Sept. 6


Archaeology Day celebrated Sept. 9 at Washington State Park

Aiming the ATLATL. Photo courtesy MDC.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources released information about an upcoming event at Washington State Park to celebrate Archaeology Day.

Visitors are invited to celebrate Archaeology Day 2017 with an event Sept. 9 at Washington State Park near De Soto. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park’s Big River day-use area.

Demonstrations of flint knapping and atlatl throwing will be held throughout the day. Children’s activities will include making petroglyph necklaces, corn grinding and other crafts. Staff will lead a tour to the park’s petroglyph site at 2 p.m.

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Local Event: Take Action to Protect Creve Coeur Lake Park

The Open Space Council for the  St. Louis Region has released information about a protest to protect Creve Coeur Lake Park. The event will be held Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the County Government Building, 41 South Central Avenue in Clayton, MO 63105.

The protest will start outside the building at 5 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m., the protesters will move inside for the County Council meeting.

More information about the event can be found HERE.

The St. Louis Ice Center is under construction and 40 acres of the park have already been cleared. The work has been done without the necessary approval from the National Park Service as pointed out in this article by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Since then, legislation has been introduced calling for a halt to construction and a hold on any further advancement of this project until decision makers can review this project further.

Additional St. Louis Post-Dispatch article HERE.