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Eastern Missouri Group E-Newsletter

MAY 2011

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May 26, 2011, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Litzsinger School, Lindbergh Boulevard and Litzsinger Road (map)
Lorin Crandall, Water Quality Coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, will speak on water quality issues in Missouri. Free and open to the public. Join us for dinner with Lorin Crandall before the meeting at around 6:00 pm at The Daily Bread Cafe, 11719 Manchester Road in Des Peres. (map)


Save the Date -- October 14-16
We will be returning to Camp Sherwood at Cuivre River State Park for our annual Chapter Campout.


Wanted: Fundraising Chair
The Eastern Missouri Group seeks a person to lead our fundraising efforts. This is your opportunity to create fun events and meet interesting, influential people who share our concern about the environment! The Executive Committee has numerous ideas for fundraising; we are in need of a person who would be willing to organize such events. Experience helpful; enthusiasm a necessity. If interested, please contact Richard Egan: egan.egan@att.net.


Effort to prevent construction of a coal waste landfill
Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) is asking the metro St. Louis area of concerned citizens to tell the Franklin County Commission that no one wants a coal waste landfill in the Missouri River floodplain in Labadie, MO. The  Commission is currently deciding whether or not to change the zoning code to allow coal waste landfills and under what conditions. It has been over a year of contentious hearings with hundreds of people turning out to provide input. The majority are asking the Commission to defend the code as it is now, with no code changes. The most egregious location would be in the wetlands and floodway of the Missouri River. This is exactly where Ameren Missouri wants to place its 400-1000 acre toxic coal waste landfill. Coal waste contains heavy metals like arsenic, lead, mercury and cancer causing hexavalent chromium. Sierra Club has partnered with LEO over the past year on this issue.

Take action today and print off a sheet of LEO postcards to send to the County Commission. Print front and back on same sheet, sign and send. Each download makes 4 cards already addressed and with key statements. Add your own comments if you would like and share the extra three postcard with friends.

Stay informed by signing up for email alerts -- click Contact Us on the LEO website.  

 

Spener, Jackson Harry Jackson, our keynote speaker at the April general meeting and Post-Dispatch columnist, discussing the fine points of digital photography with Richard Spener (standing) after the meeting.
On April 28 Paul Stupperich surveyed the flood damage to our recently built reroute on the South Loop of the Whispering Pine Trail at Hawn State Park.
Paul at Hawn SP

 
Gentle Hike Schedule
June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th -- Columbia Bottom. On the second Saturday of June, July, and August Columbia Bottom Conservation Area will offer Gentle Hikes for those who long for the outdoors but time or mobility is an issue. Guided hikes will meet at various locations on the area at 10:00 am and will last about an hour. All routes are flat and paved. There will be a naturalist guide to talk about the birds and flowers we will see. Reservations are not required. For more information including starting location, call the Columbia Bottom Visitor Center at 314-877-6014.

September 10th -- we will go to the prize-winning Citygarden at 8th and Market Streets. The 8th and Pine MetroLink Station is one block north of Citygarden. For information contact: Gloria, 314-741-4588.


Environmental lectures
Check out the events listing on our website. A few of the events are on the homepage with a link to take you to the full list. You can also sign up to get RSS EMG Events Feed.
  
Eastern Missouri Group Outings Schedule

Sierra Club members and non-members are welcome to join Club members on our outings.

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