A stunning beauty at risk

Nestled in the Ozark hills, the Current River is often called Missouri’s river jewel. But in 2011, the Current was deemed one of the nation’s 10 most endangered rivers, due to the growing number of illegal and unauthorized roads and torn-up trails that rip through the forest and degrade water quality.

A defining moment for the Ozarks

Soon, the National Park Service will release a management plan to guide the Current River for the next 20 years. We’re pressing National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis
to release a bold new plan that will rehabilitate what’s been damaged and protect the Current for years to come.

At stake is one of the nation’s best float rivers, where more than 1.3 million visitors retreat each year to hike, swim, fish and paddle. 

One of America’s 10 most endangered rivers

The spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, our premier national park. But today, there’s at least one ATV or SUV road per mile, threatening the recreational experience for families.

So we’re bringing together anglers, floaters, small businesses, local elected officials and everyday citizens to press the Park Service for bold reform.

Together, we can win

We’ve delivered more than 10,000 petitions to the Park Service. Our staff has lobbied former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis in person. We’re leveraging the media across the state to help us make our case. But the most important part of this campaign is you.

Members like you have called or emailed the Park Service, signed petitions, and spread the word to friends and family. If we can create a groundswell of public support at this critical juncture for the Current River, we can get lasting protections for Missouri’s finest river. 

Click here to join our campaign, and send the Parks Service a message today.


Preservation updates

News Release | Environment Missouri

Citizen Group responds to Current River Plan

The National Park Service’s draft General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways offers potentially tremendous improvements in protection and restoration for two of Missouri’s most beautiful rivers.  The NPS released the draft GMP on November 8th, after almost 9 years of delays.  The NPS will select one of the three alternatives presented in the draft plan and use it to guide the management of the park for the next twenty years.  Environment Missouri’s response may be found at http://environmentmissouri.org/reports/moe/official-comment-ozark-national-scenic-riverways-draft-general-management-plan.

The public can find the plan on the NPS website and may comment on the plan until February 7th, when the plan will undergo final review and approval by the NPS.  “While the NPS favors Alternative B, which they argue will provide the most balance between uses of the park, we think Alternative A—which does the most to restore the river for future generations to experience and enjoy—is the alternative that best conforms to the NPS’ original goals in establishing the park.” said Keating.  “Alternative A will close the most illegal roads, create the most miles of hiking trails, and restore more of the park to its 1964 state than the other alternatives.”

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Report | Environment Missouri

Official Comment for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways draft General Management Plan

In this official comment on the NPS' draft General Management Plan for the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways, Environment Missouri urges a plan that will provide the strongest possible protections for the Current and Jacks Fork rivers.

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News Release | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Environment Missouri Publishes Citizens Guide to the Current River

The Citizen's Guide to the Current River to provide information on park's natural wonders, history and ways for citizens to support the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Report | Environment Missouri Research and Policy Center

Citizen's Guide to the Current River

Overwhelming public support for the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers led to the creation of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in 1964, and the public still supports the rivers and NPS management of the park.

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News Release | Environment Missouri

With One Day Left, Some Progress on State Parks

Missouri's Legislature made some progress on state parks funding, but Senate must move quickly to approve bond measure.

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