Whether we go there to canoe, hike or fish, the Current River is one of the places that makes living in Missouri great. The Current is often called Missouri's "river jewel."

A stunning beauty at risk

Unfortunately, over the years, a growing number of illegal and unauthorized roads and trails have ripped through the forest and degraded water quality so much so that the Current River is now one of the nation's 10 most endangered rivers. Now, there is at least one ATV and SUV road per mile, threatening our river and the recreational experience for famililes.

We have the chance to win strong protections for the Current River for decades to come, but only if enough of us speak out.

Strong protections needed

Last fall, the National Park Service proposed a plan to guide the Current River for decades to come. But now, as a final plan is about to be decided this summer, some in Congress are fighting to maintain weaker protections for the river.

We're organizing everyone from anglers and floaters to small businesses, local elected officials, and neighbors down the street to press the National Park Service to implement the strongest possible protections for the Current River.

Together, we can win

Our staff has been knocking on doors across Missouri to educate people about what's at stake. We're also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect the Current River. But the real key to winning this fight is you.

Now is our chance to show the National Park Service how many of us care about the Current River. That's how we can win and make sure the Current River gets the protection it desperately needs.

Click here to join our campaign, and send the National Park 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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