Upcoming in Rocheport, Mo.
LEO: Bringing Together People to Protect the Big Muddy, Floodplains and Drinking Water
In the fall of 2009, the topic of a proposed coal ash landfill monopolized the conversation at a local book club meeting in the small river town of Labadie and home of Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant. Within one month, the group had organized as a nonprofit and held its first meeting in the basement of a local church.
Join Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) president Patricia Schuba in a conversation about how communities can change river and floodplain policy and to hear the latest updates on LEO’s work.
Time and Place
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
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Presentation by Patricia Schuba, Labadie Environmental Organization
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
In the fall of 2009, the topic of a proposed coal ash landfill in the Missouri River floodplain monopolized the conversation at a local book club meeting in the small river town of Labadie, home of Ameren Missouri’s largest coal-fired power plant. Within one month, the group had organized as a nonprofit and held its first meeting in the basement of a local church.
The group is now called Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO) . The group has been a key force in mobilizing local opposition to permitting of coal ash storage in the Labadie Bottoms, a section of Missouri River floodplain upstream of the St. Louis area.
LEO’s success has been in giving voice to local people and in doing so, has begun the reclaiming of community power in making decisions that impact the environment and local economies. LEO President Patricia Schuba shares the story of how LEO formed and how it stayed true to its original mission to represent and empower impacted communities. She shares organizational choices which allowed LEO to stay together and effectively lobby on behalf of the floodplain and people. She shares information on the dangers of coal ash, current issues in energy and waste policy she is watching and how to message effectively on complicated scientific issues and how to build cross-community support.
Join us in a conversation about how communities can change river and floodplain policy and to hear the latest updates on LEO’s work.
Patricia Schuba is the President of Labadie Environmental Organization and the Director of the Coal Ash Program at Citizens Coal Council.
- 14020 W. Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
- Take I-70 to the Rocheport, MO, exit (Exit #115). It’s the first exit east of the Missouri River.
- Head north toward Rocheport.
- After about a mile, turn left at the sign for Les Bourgeois Bistro. Follow the signs to the Bistro. You will probably need to park in the lot above the Bistro and walk the trail down.
- The presentations are held in upstairs in the restaurant. The restaurant is no longer open on Tuesdays but the bar is! You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks.
The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport
All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us!
The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.
Resources and Links
News articles on Labadie floodplain fight
- “Proposed Coal Ash Landfill Delayed” – Washington Missourian, Nov. 2, 2013
- more will be posted here
Patricia’s Recommended Reading
We asked Patricia for her suggestions to read up on coal ash issues. Here’s her top 3:
- Physicians for Social Responsibility Report: “Coal Ash, the Toxic Threat to our Health and Environment”
- Earthjustice Report: “State of Failure”
- VIDEO: “180 seconds of Coal Ash”