Date: 6/20/18 4:49 am
From: Edge Wade <edgew...>
Subject: Re: KMOS showing of Eagle Bluffs: An Environmental Success Story
Carl's documentary is a MUST SEE for several reasons. The cinematography is professional grade. The wildlife (especially birds) shots are spectacular. And even non-Columbians or those who have swelled our numbers since the mid-nineties will learn a lot about how Eagle Bluffs came to be--not a slam dunk, by any means.

This is a story about a near-magical place and the grass roots led movement that intruded into "politics as usual" and the proponents of "state of the art" technology to bring Eagle Bluffs into being.

I was privileged to view and critique the video several times in its development.

JULY 16, 8 p.m.

From the KMOS program guide, CONTACT:
Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, on the eastern bank of the Missouri River, is comprised of 17 shallow pools with 30 miles of levees and 61 water control structures that effectively create and maintain important wildlife habitat, mitigating losses of some of Missouri’s historical wetlands.
With ‘recycled’ wastewater from nearby Columbia as its primary source of water, the area provides excellent wildlife viewing
and hunting opportunities. The rich soil marshes and crop fields attract local wildlife as well as migrating and wintering birds as it further cleans the water on its way through the watershed down the Missouri River.
That this partnership between Columbia and MDC has yielded such an environmental gem is no surprise, but its origins were not so obvious. In this documentary produced by Columbia biologist Carl Gerhardt, the story of how Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area became so important began in the late 1980s when the city proposed to pipe its treated wastewater directly to the Missouri River. This prompted citizens in the area to push back and force the city council to consider alternatives beyond those recommended by consultants.
Thus began a robust civic discussion that engaged much of the community in an effort to find the best solution to a problem. Although the process took years to work through, the plan was supported by a large majority of voters who passed the bond issue meant to pay for the project.
KMOS invites you to tune in to learn the story, told through interviews with people
who started out on opposite sides of the issue. This film was screened in February at the Missouri River Relief ’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and tells the story through narration and interviews with:
Ray Beck, Former City Manager, Columbia Doug Elley, Former Mayor, Lupus
Brad Jacobs, Former Ornithologist, MDC Tim James, Area Manager, MDC
Clayton Light, Manager, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area
Mary Anne McCollum, Former Mayor, Columbia
Hank Ottinger, Osage Group Sierra Club Lowell Patterson, Former Director of Public Works, Columbia
H. Carl Gerhardt, producer of Eagle
Bluffs: An Environmental Success Story, is
a professor in the Division of Biological
Sciences at the University of Missouri as well as an accomplished wildlife videographer. Throughout the program you will see 40+ species of resident and migratory wildlife found at Eagle Bluffs CA and elsewhere in Missouri.

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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From: "Kathleen A Anderson" <andersonka...>
To: <MOBIRDS-L...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:47:01 PM
Subject: KMOS showing of Eagle Bluffs: An Environmental Success Story

I was excited to learn that Carl Gerhardt's film: Eagle Bluffs: An Envirnomental Success Story will be shown on July 16 at 8PM by KMOS-TV.
I am really looking forward to viewing this documentary on the origins of my favorite birding location.

Kathleen Anderson, Columbia

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