The Big Muddy Speakers Series will be discussing the future of Bangert Island. It would be really good to see some other mountain bikers involved in the discussion.
If you can attend, please RSVP through the St. Louis Adventure Group website> http://www.meetup.co...ents/219157843/
More info from the Big Muddy Website> http://bigmuddyspeak...rt_stchas-2014/
From the Big Muddy Speaker Series
Bangert Island – A discussion on future development.
6. p.m. Meet at Big A’s Restaurant
6:30 p.m. Discussion
At Big A’s Restaurant (in the back room)
308 N Main St. – St Charles, MO
All the Public is welcome to come, listen and share your thoughts!
There are plans for a waterway restoration project involving the slough that separates the island from the mainland. The resulting waterfront property may be used for commercial development in the future. If you are a user of this trail or any green space that is in a flood plain, you may find this special discussion useful.
Discussion hosted by Greenway Network
This month’s meeting will have multiple speakers discussing future plans effecting the 160 acre Louis H. Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area and the Katy Trail State Park located on the banks of the Missouri River.
The city of St. Charles is supporting a proposed Army Corps of Engineers shallow water habitat restoration project on Louis Bangert Conservation Area located on an island in the Missouri River in St. Charles County. There are other shallow water habitat restoration project, such as one built on the Missouri River on Jameson Island, and another restoration project will start next year on Cora Island in West Alton. Greenway Network, an conservation organization based in St. Charles County, supports those efforts to restore our rivers and protect our clean water.
Greenway Network would like to support the Corps of Engineers' habitat restoration project on the Bangert Conservation Area, but we have concerns about the project as the St. Charles mayor and members of the St. Charles City Council stated the restoration project was to encourage commercial development on properties on the banks of the Missouri River between South River Road and Bangert Conservation Area.
The properties are in St. Charles County and are zoned by St. Charles County as open space and parks because they flood so often. The properties should remain in St. Charles County as open space, and a program could be developed to buy property from willing sellers of the vacant lots along that corridor between South River Road and Bangert Island. The properties could then be included in the Louis Bangert Conservation Area.
The properties are very flood-prone, and some were included in the 1993 flood buyout program. The city of St. Charles should encourage development along the west side of South River Road in St. Charles on appropriately zoned properties. Furthermore, we are excited about any potential economic developments compatible with St. Charles County zoning regulations, the proposed conservation restoration project and the nearby Katy Trail State Park, such as the Riverwalk District in St. Charles.
The city of St. Charles has recently authorized funding to buy the Louis Bangert Conservation Area from the Missouri Department of Conservation for over $300,000. Perhaps the Department of Conservation should just keep the conservation area and work directly with the Corps of Engineers on the restoration project and save St. Charles the money.
The Corps of Engineers' plan for Bangert Island has many good ideas and should move forward as part of a overall plan for this riverfront area. Greenway Network would like to see all of the government agencies, elected representatives, civic organizations and our citizens work together to develop a park and open space plan for this beautiful section of the Missouri River. The St. Charles Parks Eco-Park on the Missouri River in north St. Charles and the proposed 110 Acres Park nearby would be great examples of what can be done on floodplain lands.