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Floodplain wetlands within the confluence of the Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois rivers provide many benefits to wildlife and people near St. Louis. They provide habitat for over 250 species of migratory birds, including waterfowl and songbirds, along with habitat for turtles, beavers, frogs, deer and other local species.

These wetlands benefit people as well because they are ideal places for hunting and to view wildlife and enjoy nature, boosting the local economy through ecotourism. People also benefit because floodplain wetlands can filter out pollutants before they enter the river system, and the wetlands store floodwaters, lessening damage to St. Louis and other downstream communities. This historic area is at risk and must be protected for the benefit of all!

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (GRHA) was founded in 2000 to directly combat the commercial development of the 100-year Confluence Floodplain through policy, protection, conservation, public awareness and education.

We are committed to protecting land in the Confluence on public and private properties for their best use: recreation, agriculture and wildlife. Despite the many benefits to wildlife and people, 90% of the Confluence floodplain wetlands have been altered or lost.

To restore this endangered ecosystem, GRHA works with partners on public and private lands to restore wetlands and to protect their conservation, flood storage and habitat values in perpetuity. Urban development is the greatest threat to the Confluence.

To address this concern, GRHA and its conservation partners are teaming up with farmers, duck clubs, and other land stewards to protect land-use practices important to waterfowl and people. An example of that effort is GRHA's partnership with Ducks Unlimited in securing donated conservation easements (9,634 acres) to protect private lands in perpetuity. Continentally, GRHA partners with others on watershed projects (public and private) upriver in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin to address flooding.

 

VISION: The vision of Great Rivers Habitat Alliance is a natural Confluence floodplain protected for the benefit of all.

 

With your support, GRHA will achieve our vision to address the full range of factors that continue to erode and threaten the historic natural resources of the Confluence. Please consider supporting and joining us here online or by contacting us at 314.918.1007.

 

ANNUAL GRHA Memberships

General Memberships = $50

Sponsorship = $250

Mallard = $1,000

Pintail = $2,500

Wood Duck = $5,000

Stewards of the Confluence = $10,000

 

DUCK CLUB PARTNERSHIP

GRHA Duck Club Partnership Program “Wings Over the Confluence”

GRHA partners with area duck clubs to raise needed support and conservation dollars to meet GRHA’s Mission:

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance protects the 100-year Confluence floodplain for the benefit of wildlife, historic waterfowling, agriculture, clean water, and people.

 

Annual Support Options:

Mallard $1,000

Pintail $2,500

Wood Duck $5,000

Steward of the Confluence $10,000

With your support, GRHA will address the factors that continue to erode and threaten the historic natural resources of the Confluence.

With your gift, your club will receive a Stewardship package designed to thank you for your support and help promote GRHA. Packages include a newsletter, GRHA sticker, flag, door mat, coffee mugs, rocks glasses, etc.

Show your support for Great Rivers Habitat Alliance’s mission by joining the Duck Club Partnership Program and by proudly displaying some great GRHA products.

 

WHY?

The Confluence is a historic waterfowling region with clubs that date back to 1886. The clubs provide critical habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl as well as many other species of wildlife.

No group stands to lose more than the clubs in the Confluence. We ask that your club consider supporting our efforts through a three-year commitment.

The Confluence region has more than 168 duck clubs with more than 577 members associated with those clubs. The Missouri Department of Conservation estimates there are more than 7,000 waterfowlers in this region. The region is also rich in deer, turkey, upland hunting, etc.

The historic Confluence is a region of significant importance, is at risk, and must be protected for the benefit of all!

GRHA is the voice of hunters and landowners in the Confluence.

GRHA is committed to protecting public and private land in the Confluence for their best use: agriculture and wildlife. Despite the many benefits to wildlife and people, 90% of the Confluence floodplain wetlands have been altered or lost. Development and flooding continue to be the greatest threats to natural and agricultural habitats.

To address, GRHA works with partners to restore wetlands and to protect their conservation, flood storage and habitat values in perpetuity by teaming up with farmers, duck clubs, and other land stewards to protect land and land-use practices important to wildlife, waterfowl and people. To protect clubs and private lands from development GRHA partners with Ducks Unlimited in securing donated conservation easements to protect private lands in perpetuity.

To address flooding, we are working with local leadership to tackle the issue of floodplain rise and the filling of the floodplain and look to partner on watershed projects upriver that increase the floodplain in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, providing more flood storage north of the Confluence.

To help educate wetland managers and landowners GRHA holds a Wetland Habitat and Management workshop annually with noted experts in wetland and waterfowl ecology and management as instructors. And, to help improve and restore habitat acres in the Confluence GRHA partners with the Missouri Agricultural Wetland Initiative with DU, Missouri Department of Conservation, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Donate Online

You may now donate online.

 

Donate by Mail

If you would prefer to donate through the mail, please download and print out a copy of our Donation Pledge Form (PDF) and mail it to Great Rivers Habitat Alliance.

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance
PO Box 50014
St. Louis, MO 63105

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Membership / Sponsorship Levels

GRHA Donation

$25.00

Donate today and with your support, GRHA will achieve our vision to address the full range of factors that continue to erode and threaten the historic natural resources of the...

GRHA Membership

$50.00

Join today and with your support, GRHA will achieve our vision to address the full range of factors that continue to erode and threaten the historic natural resources of the...

Duck Club Partnership

$1,000.00

GRHA Duck Club Partnership Program, “Wings Over the Confluence,” GRHA partners with area duck clubs to raise needed support and conservation dollars to meet GRHA’s Mission: Great Rivers Habitat Alliance protects the...

Stewards of the Confluence

$10,000.00

This is an elite level of giving to Great Rivers Habitat Alliance whereby donors make an annual contribution of $10,000 or more to support our mission. Members of the Confluence are...