Kicking off a report card for the Blue River in Kansas City, Missouri

Participants at the stakeholder workshop play an interactive game

At the end of November, IAN staff traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to initiate a report card for the Blue River with the Heartland Conservation Alliance, a non-profit working to conserve, protect, and restore natural lands and open space in the Kansas City region. A two-day workshop was held at the Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center on November 27 and 28, 2018. The workshop elicited what stakeholders value about the rivers, and focused on how to measure those values, and where to find data. The remainder of the week was spent with Heartland Conservation Alliance Conservation Workgroup members to conduct report card training sessions. IAN will continue to work with, and support the Heartland Conservation Alliance as they work to develop the report card over the next 8-12 months.