Presenters: Steve Harrington, The Nature Conservancy
“This part of the Mississippi River basin is going to be incredibly important as we try to answer questions about nutrient runoff and water quality,” Harrington said. “In-field, edge-of-field and downstream sources of nutrients are important areas where we can help innovate and align funding to help. All of this adds up and can make an impact.”
Dr. Steve Herrington is the Director of Freshwater Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Missouri. An aquatic ecologist with over twenty years’ experience in fish and stream ecology, Steve completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and doctoral degree at Auburn University in Alabama. Steve joined The Nature Conservancy in 2004 and currently directs all freshwater conservation actions in Missouri, as well as leads and collaborates on several large‐scale freshwater initiatives across the U.S., including conservation planning, dam removal and stream restoration, and protection of priority freshwater habitats.
The Grand River conference was organized by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) and hosted by Smithfield Foods at their regional office in Princeton, Missouri on May 17, 2018. RAE is in engaged in a large project to capture methane from hog manure at Smithfield’s nine northern Missouri farms and convert it to renewable natural gas using anaerobic digestion systems.
“Through this initiative, multiple partners are coming together to improve the local landscape and waterways,” said Rudi Roeslein, President and Founder of Roeslein Alternative Energy. “Together, we’re creating a pathway that works; a market-based solution around nutrient losses, water quality, and clean air.”