REFRAMED

Ozarks waterways: A beautiful resource So much for my plans to offer a more light-hearted blog this month: I should have known better in the heart of winter and during such political divisiveness. So this month's post is a both rant and hope for early spring. I’m sure...

NEW BEGINNINGS

YES! “That hypocrisy was evident this year on another issue as well: hog mega-farms. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed, and Parson signed, a law denying local officials the power to set environmental standards stricter than those of the state for the smelly...

YET ANOTHER THREAT?

The Eleven Point River (Courtesy of Marisa Frazier) Sorry for the late post but, after all, it was Thanksgiving weekend, and I’m still stuffed. And thankful for so much! Kids and grandkids, my “girlfriend” of 43 years, friends and family, the Ozarks, clear creeks and...

WATERS OUT WEST, and LAWSUIT UPDATES

An overlook of Green River from Island in the Sky. “Where is all the water…where can I find a clear gravel-bottom creek?” -- Lettie Jones, Donny Brook I’ll be back with more thoughts on this quote it in a minute. As has been my occasional practice since I began to...

LOCAL CONTROLS ON CAFOS, CONTINUED?

Just when I think it can’t get any worse, it does.  I picked up the New York Times while traveling, Friday the 13th naturally, and read about the Trump administration’s repeal of the Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS) under the 1972 Clean Water Act. In that it...

Did It Work? Local Control On CAFOs

The answer to this question has been a tough one to get my arms around. As mentioned in my previous posting, Senate Bill 391 is an attempt to curtail existing county health ordinances, which after the dumbing down of state regulations over the past five years, are the...

Running In Place

Year Two of RIVER RANT presents the same challenges and similar hopes that we began with a year ago. From that initial post in July 2018:  “Ozarks waters are at grave risk from multiple protagonists.”  They still are. But barely a month ago, the Governor...

A Retrospective

River Rant,The Blog, debuted twelve months ago with a promise to focus on water and the Ozarks, and my concerns about threats to all. I have tried to remain true to that charge, with a few diversions into family, friends, and floating. My concerns remain,...

ANOTHER PIG CAFO STORY

I debuted my new environmentally themed presentation, Life is a River - A Bend Beyond, to a sizable and engaged audience at the Library Center a month ago. I have received many comments of encouragement since. Things like: “Thanks for sharing...