Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Workshop on River Oct. 14-15 General Who Headed White House Study of Flood Plain to Talk

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Workshop on River Oct. 14-15 General Who Headed White House Study of Flood Plain to Talk

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The man who headed up a White House study of flood-plain management after last year's flooding will speak at two workshops in this area.

Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway of the U.S. Military Academy will be in St. Charles for a workshop on Oct. 14 and 15 and in St. Louis for one on Nov. 10. Both are open to the public.

The St. Charles workshop, titled "A Missouri River Celebration and Restoration Workshop," has been organized by the Greenway Network, a fledgling environmental organization in St. Charles County, with help from 18 other national and state organizations and agencies. Speakers will be coming from around the country.

Besides flooding, the workshop will deal with many other topics. The American Indian Center will discuss life along the Missouri before Europeans arrived. The Bureau of Land Management will send a spokesman from Montana to talk about "eco tourism." An official of the Illinois Natural History Survey will explain the workings of a river system.

The conference is meant to celebrate the river's heritage and to maximize its scenic, cultural, environmental and economic benefits.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Roger Wilson, who is scheduled to attend, said in a statement that he hoped the conference would draw residents from many river communities so that they can coordinate management of the river for flood control, economic development and environmental protection.

A highlight of the conference will be planning for a Lewis and Clark National Heritage Corridor for the bicentennial in 2004 of those explorations.

Galloway will give the keynote speech at 9 a.m. Oct. 14 from an Army Corps of Engineers barge, which will serve as the staging area for much of the conference. Plans call for the barge to be moored along the Missouri River, probably near Frontier Park.

Galloway served as the executive director of the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Review Committee. …

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