Director and President's Letter – Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
We wish you Happy Holidays and hope you have been enjoying time in the Confluence. That time spent in natural spaces reminds us why we continue to fight for this treasure for both people and wildlife. We are thankful for your past support!
Alarming threats continue to arise and remind us our work is not over. In 2023, GRHA successfully thwarted the eminent domain wellfield proposal at Whistling Wings and continued to speak against the proposed development of an 800-unit apartment complex in the 100-year floodplain, wedged between Creve Coeur Lake and Hwy 141. This project not only risks the natural beauty and water quality of Creve Coeur Lake and park, it will ultimately put 800+ families in harm’s way. We also spoke against the proposed 298 acre/452-home Tall Trees development at the headwaters of Dardenne Creek in St. Charles. In July, the St. Charles County Council tabled this development, another win for all residents! GRHA will continue to monitor these developments and will not stop fighting these threats to the 100-year floodplain, and we know you won’t either.
For more than two decades, GRHA has worked to protect and conserve the Confluence, and 2023 has been no different. We have increased our efforts and partnerships in protecting and restoring habitat, both in the Confluence and up the Mississippi River. We are closing in December on a 181-acre floodplain property that will become a flagship conservation area for all. We continue to meet with politicians and civic leaders to help shape policy. We held successful fundraising and educational events, such as the Wetlands Management Workshop, Sporting Clays Shoot, Golf Tournament, DU Partnership Gala, and DUCKFEST. We have increased our efforts in every manner to increase our support, awareness, and mission impact.
GRHA is the only conservation organization solely focused on protecting the Confluence. GRHA will continue to provide the political will, influence, and awareness to stem the tide of floodplain development, protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat, and maintain agriculture within the 100-year floodplain. We have been the voice for Confluence landowners and wildlife for 23 years, and we pledge to not only continue the fight, but to increase our efforts!
We thank you and ask that you consider increasing your support by making an end-of-year gift. We cannot fight the fight and protect habitat without you! You make the difference!
Gifts can be made for the 2023 calendar year here on our website until midnight, January 31 www.grha.org or mailed to GRHA, PO Box 50014, St. Louis, MO 63105. Please post-date checks December 31, 2023, if sending after January 1.
Again, we thank you for your support and wish you all the best over the holidays and in the New Year!
Mike and Chris