Bacteria at Kiefer Creek

“One Sick Puppy” Kiefer Creek was first brought to the attention of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment by Steve Seyer. In the summer of 2009, Steve went on jogs with his dog, Dolphus, in the watershed, and after his runs he let Dolphus cool down in Kiefer Creek. Dolphus started to develop some troubling…

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Salt in a freshwater stream

Chloride (salt), is a problem in many freshwater streams in areas where the winters include snow and ice.  To keep our roads and sidewalks safe for walking and driving we use salt to melt the snow and ice. Unfortunately many of the creatures that call the creek home are not able to survive when their…

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Promoting Low Impact Development in Kiefer Creek

Healthy Development Kiefer Creek remains one of the healthiest creeks in the area due to the large amounts of natural areas in the watershed. But development is not only inevitable, in many cases it is desired by the community. But it is vital that we protect the natural ecology of the area as much as…

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GIS Mapping

“Geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of geographic data…In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of catography, statistical analysis, and database technology.” -Wikipedia One of the most interesting tools that we are implementing to better understand the watershed and come up with…

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Kiefer Creek Watershed Restoration Project

If you are from the St. Louis area, or if you have spent much time here, then there is a good chance that you have spent some time in the Kiefer Creek Watershed. This small watershed sits on the fringe of the urban sprawl blossoming out into western St. Louis County. On the northern end…

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