Conservation at Great Rivers Greenway

Conservation is an essential part of the work that we do throughout the St. Louis region

To sustain our region, we must protect and enhance our natural resources and the watersheds that surround them.

We do our part to improve quality of life for all by creating and restoring healthy habitats and engaging people to take care of our region’s watersheds in three ways:

Plan and Build

  • Greenways in the right spots
  • Assess and improve habitats
  • Support regional watershed planning efforts
  • Stormwater management techniques such as rain gardens

Restore and Create

  • Partner programs that restore habitat
  • Replacing plants that don’t belong with native grasses, shrubs and trees
  • Trash pickup and debris removal from storms or floods

Engage and Give Back

  • Engaging people to learn about, care for and take ownership over our region’s resources
  • Events and programs to get individuals and groups out to volunteer
  • Opportunities to donate and leave a legacy

What is a watershed?

A watershed is all of the land that drains to a particular stream, river, or lake.

When watersheds are healthy and functioning well, they recycle nutrients, absorb and filter rain water, recharge rivers and streams, provide clean air, water, food and habitat for animals and people and much more. All of us rely on and benefit from the goods and services these ecosystems provide.

Benefits and outcomes of our conservation efforts:

Improved Water Quality
Clean water is important to both wildlife and people. It’s the lifeblood for every ecosystem and is essential for healthy watersheds.

Improved quality of life for wildlife and people
Healthy native habitats and watersheds contribute to biodiversity and a variety of ecosystem services that benefit people. Protected greenspace allows for natural flooding while limiting human impacts. Our quality of life improves when we have clean air water, and accessible greenspace.

Restored Habitats
Native habitats include plants and animals that have been interacting together in the same place for a long time without human intervention. The plants in these habitats provide essential food and shelter for native animals to survive. These plants also support butterflies and bees, which pollinate our food crops.

Long-term stewardship of the greenways
The more people that know about the importance of habitats and watersheds, the more people that will care for them long-term. By getting volunteers involved, we are creating life-long conservation champions throughout the region that will help sustain the native ecology around the greenways.