ozark national scenic riverways

8:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Date set for Kelly-Kinder riverways debate

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and state Rep. Chris Kelly are scheduled to debate the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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7:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mo. House Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Sets Aside $6M For New State Park, While Approving State Budget

Mo. House in session
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:56 am

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to next year's state budget -- after spending most of Tuesday on amendments to the FY 2015 budget, including two attempts to expand Medicaid.  Both failed, and both were sponsored by state Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

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Missouri Environment
7:04 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Management of Ozark National Scenic Riverways sparks controversy

Kim Rains and Eric Mansfield prepare to gig for the first sucker, a fish in the Current River. “We get pretty competitive,” said Rains, who comes out on the river as often as she can.
Meredith Turk KBIA

Deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southern Missouri a battles rages over the use of a National Park, The Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This National Park is visited by millions each year and was the first federally protected river system, established in 1964.

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4:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Missouri Senate adopts Ozark Riverways resolution

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Missouri senators have adopted a resolution asking the state's congressional delegation to block the federal government's proposed management plan of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The National Park Service is in the midst of changing the management plan for the southeastern Missouri park along the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. The system's preferred option would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings, and add restrictions on the use of motorized boats.

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8:27 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Mo. National Park sites reopen after shutdown

Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Credit paparutzi / flickr

Visitors to Missouri can once again go up in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and pitch tents at federally-run campsites, now that the government shutdown has ended. 

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8:25 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Gov. Nixon proposes reopening National Park sites in Mo.

Gateway Arch in St.Louis
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Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.  

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Science, Health and Technology
10:56 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Environmental groups push for protection of Missouri's Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Horseback riding is a popular activity in the Ozarks, but their waste has been linked to high E. coli levels in the Jacks Fork, the main tributary of the Current River.
Mark Morgan, University of Missouri

A statewide coalition of environmental groups and advocates has submitted five thousand signed petitions to the National Park Service, urging the agency to do more to protect the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri. As St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra reports, the coalition is pushing for more enforcement and a stronger management plan for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

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