ABOUT BACK TO THE RIVER

Our Vision
& Goals

VISION

The Missouri River corridor project will exemplify the best efforts of a partnership committed to balancing the needs of natural and human systems. The project will support and enhance conservation, economic development, recreation and education along the river which unites our urban and rural landscapes.

GOALS

The Goals of Back to the River reflect a comprehensive vision for the future of the Missouri River corridor. Individual Back to the River projects will address these goals to varying degrees, supporting the overall aim of developing a vital, sustainable regional community.

Promote Recreation and River Access

Back to the River supports creation and expansion of parks, recreation and opens space along the Missouri River, providing enhanced public access for a variety of outdoor activities and interests.

Encourage Compatible Economic Development

Back to the River encourages economic development opportunities which are compatible with natural ecosystems and the built environment within the Missouri River corridor.

Emphasize Historical and Cultural Resources

Back to the River promotes the interpretation of historic places and events along the Missouri River.

Improve Wildlife Habitat

Back to the River encourages projects which preserve, enhance, restore and create wetland and river habitat for native plants and wildlife.

Promote Education

Back to the River promotes informational and educational programs which provide learning opportunities for all ages to gain a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Missouri River’s value.

Improve Water Quality

Back to the River advocates actions to improve the water quality of the Missouri River, assuring a safe and attractive environment as well as a healthy and reliable source of drinking water.

Endorse Responsible Floodplain Management

Back to the River encourages balanced and appropriate use of the Missouri River floodplain, achieved through integrated structural and non-structural measures.

Board of
Directors

Officers

Chair
J. Robert Kerrey

President
Larry Foster
City of Council Bluffs, Iowa

Vice-President
Jim Becic
Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

Treasurer
Karen Bluvas
At-large

Secretary
Mark Brohman, Executive Director,
Nebraska Environmental Trust

Directors

Frank Albrecht
Nebraska Game and Parks

Chris Hamblin
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce

Cassie Seagren
City of Omaha, Nebraska

Pete Castellano
At-Large

Clare Duda
Douglas County, Nebraska

Gayle Malmquist
At-Large

Chris Shewchuk
City of Bellevue, Nebraska

Rodney Storm
City of Blair, Nebraska

Bruce Fountain
Sarpy County Board

Our Mission

Back to the River, Inc. seeks to enhance quality of life for citizens of the region by supporting the creation and expansion of parks, recreation and opens space along the Missouri River, as well as by:

      • Providing enhanced public access for a variety of outdoor activities and interests;
      • Encouraging economic development opportunities which are compatible with natural ecosystems and development within the Missouri River corridor;
      • Promoting the interpretation of historic places and events along the Missouri River;
      • Encouraging projects which preserve, enhance, restore and create wetland and river habitat for native plants and wildlife;
      • Promoting informational and educational programs which provide learning opportunities for all ages to gain a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Missouri River’s value;
      • Advocating actions to improve the water quality of the Missouri River, assuring a safe and attractive environment as well as a healthy and reliable source of drinking water; and
      • Encouraging balanced and appropriate use of the Missouri River floodplain, achieved through integrated structural and non­ structural measures.

This objective is currently being achieved through comprehensive planning. Back to the River’s initial Comprehensive Plan, encompassing the 64 linear miles of the Missouri River in the project area from Mondamin, Iowa, in the north, to the mouth of the Platte River in the south, will serve as a guideline for the Board as well as outside developers.

Back to the River has commissioned a comprehensive trails plan and has assisted in the development of a pedestrian crossing study. These plans are far from static, and will be modified as opportunities to better the river environment present themselves.

Encompassing the 64 linear miles of the Missouri River in the project area from Mondamin, Iowa, in the North, to the mouth of the Platte River in the South.

How can you help Back to the River?