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From the observation area at Columbia Bottoms on May 28 I could see the the sidewalk to the confluence at Confluence State Park was almost completely undercut and destroyed by the river. They're going to need funding just to repair that, if they decide it's worth the cost with almost annual flooding now.

Shawn Clubb 

St. Charles, St. Charles Co., Mo. 

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> Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 12:41:26 -0500
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Suggestions for early June birding
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Edge Wade wrote:
> "As we are getting bombarded by the very high decibels of cicadas,
> here are some suggestions for early early June CACHE and SPARKS site
> visits.  Trips to these sites will help fill in gaps in the data base
> and some of these will take you to places with lower levels of cicada
> sound........
> 
> Confluence State Park"
> 
> CONFLUENCE STATE PARK is presently CLOSED at the gate which is ~ 3-4 miles away
> from the actual park. This is due to flooding. (allegedly closed to all
> visitors including birders but open to the farmers that work the adjacent
> land... BUT one needs to go to the office for verification/permission to access)
> It will probably be closed long afterward (months on end in the past).
> 
> Guesstimation is that it's due to limited funding to fully repair the area.
> This is happening yearly (or more) so access is dependent upon flooding along
> the MS. River and when the DNR can repair the damage.
> 
> Charlene Malone
> St. L co.
> 
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