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The Confluence Master Plan & Implementation Strategy

The Confluence Project celebrates, honors and promotes the meeting of the Great Rivers – the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers - as the symbolic, physical and environmental heart of the St. Louis region. It is an ambitious project, which raises the status of the Confluence to national significance, while connecting the people of the region back to the rivers. The project promotes sustainability, conservation and stewardship. It also links the people and communities of the region, encourages tourism and economic development, and improves the quality of life. This master plan turns the nation’s focus toward the people and place of the confluence by creating a 40 mile long interconnected conservation, heritage and recreation corridor with a riverside park and trail system anchoring 200 square miles in Missouri and Illinois.The Confluence Project celebrates, honors and promotes the meeting of the Great Rivers – the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers - as the symbolic, physical and environmental heart of the St. Louis region. It is an ambitious project, which raises the status of the Confluence to national significance, while connecting the people of the region back to the rivers. The project promotes sustainability, conservation and stewardship. It also links the people and communities of the region, encourages tourism and economic development, and improves the quality of life. This master plan turns the nation’s focus toward the people and place of the confluence by creating a 40 mile long interconnected conservation, heritage and recreation corridor with a riverside park and trail system anchoring 200 square miles in Missouri and Illinois.

The partnership and the master planning team, with input from the communities of the region, developed the master plan to initiate a coordinated effort. By re-evaluating the old industrial framework of the 19th century St. Louis and the working river, this regional corridor emerges from a new framework of natural systems, which connects adjacent communities and is the framework for their long-term redevelopment and linkage back to the rivers.

The Plan acknowledges that there are appropriate levels of intensity for experiencing the Confluence, from birding to boating, from biking to rediscovering the history of the area. While some urban centers offer opportunities to draw thousands of people to the river’s edge, other sites along the Greenway are environmentally sensitive and need protection. Natural corridors follow river edges and connect fragmented habitat areas. A network of pedestrian and bicycle corridors creates a comprehensive system for the people to experience the Confluence and connect to its unique natural characteristics and experience the variety of human intervention along the rivers. Special sites, facilities and institutions exist along the Greenway, or nearby, that contribute to the interpretation of the Confluence of People and Place.

Goals for the Confluence Master Plan:

  1. Create a sense of belonging, ownership, stewardship, and attachment to the Great Rivers
  2. Continue to develop & promote a unique and authentic river and open space experience that builds upon the historical, cultural, and natural resources of the area
  3. Develop a linear system of riverfront parks, open space and trails that connect people & communities, parks, natural areas, farmland, and historic sites to the river
  4. Expand and enhance opportunities for interpretation, education, and recreation for all
  5. Conserve open space and scenic quality
  6. Preserve and enhance natural resources
  7. Protect and enhance water quality
  8. Foster local economic and community development
  9. Promote the importance of the Confluence in reducing the impact of global warming and climate change, and as replicable model of sustainability
  10. Develop long-term partner ships and an ethic of stewardship to build, manage, and maintain the greenway system.

 

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