MCE Shares Farm Bill Priorities with Sen. Hawley

February 15, 2019 The 2018 Farm Bill became law in December, and now the hard work of implementing and appropriating its programs remains. In January 2019, MCE’s Food and Farm Director Melissa Vatterott, Water Policy Director Maisah Khan, and Local Food Coordinator Rae Miller attended the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Winter Meeting in Washington,…

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MCE Shares Farm Bill Priorities with Sen. Hawley

Kiefer Creek Ecosystem Restoration

Landscape Fragmentation Habitat fragmentation is frequently caused by humans when native vegetation is cleared for human activities such as agriculture, rural development, urbanization and the creation of hydroelectric reservoirs. Habitats which were once continuous become divided into separate fragments. After intensive clearing, the separate fragments tend to be very small islands isolated from each other by cropland, pasture, pavement, or even barren land. -Wikipedia…

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Kiefer Creek Watershed History

Castlewood Village: A Vacation Destination for St. Louis In the early 20th century, clubs and vacation homes were developed along the Meramec River. The Missouri Pacific Railroad brought hot city dwellers to cool down in the river, and Castlewood Village kept them entertained with hotels, clubs, bathhouses and more. Much of the development occurred over…

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History of Kiefer Creek Pollution Problems

A problem with Kiefer Creek comes to light In 2009 a community member came to us with a troubling account from Kiefer Creek. Steve Seyer reported to us that his dog, Adolphus, had become seriously ill after frequent trips to Castlewood State Park. Steve and Adolphus worked out regularly by running the course of Kiefer…

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