A word from Steve Nagle, new director of the RdPWC

Last Updated on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 5:27 AM

Greetings and thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself as the neSteve Nagel, Directorw Director for the River des Peres Watershed Coalition.  As some of you may know I recently retired as the Director of Community Planning at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.  Prior to that position I worked in California for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and then worked as the Director of Environmental Resources for the Coachella Valley Association of Governments and have enjoyed other positions working in the field of natural resources and community planning.  I mention this so you know I am not a stranger to working on environmental and natural resource issues.   I guess you could say I’ve been an advocate for stewardship of our nature’s blessings for my entire career.



I hasten to express my deep appreciation for RdPWC’s Executive Committee for selecting me as the new Director to help manage and lead our way into building our capacity to improve the watershed.  Specific goals I hope all of us share are to improve our fund raising ability, improve water quality, leverage our partnerships, and enhance our education and outreach programs.  I met Eric Karch several years ago and was so impressed with his knowledge and volunteer spirit.  He and Danelle Haake, members of the steering committee and all of the other stakeholders have done such an outstanding job in keeping the Coalition together focusing on priority clean-ups and habitat restoration projects.    I can’t wait to play a part in the annual Trash Bash which is set for October 19.  I look forward to meeting all of you through out this next year.

As the current president of the Missouri Parks Association, and past president of the St. Louis Open Space Council, and lover of Missouri’s rivers and streams, I pledge to ply my knowledge, skills and abilities to work for you in achieving our short and long-term visions on behalf of the River des Peres.  It is an amazing and interesting piece of history, a truly powerful story,  of a once beautiful river winding through an urbanizing landscape then shunned by generations and treated like a ditch.  But now, thanks to the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Great Rivers Greenway and all of our community and agency partners, we now together understand that it is no longer a lost cause and the river and the community life through which it runs can thrive and be beautiful again.