A Walk on the River Side

The rain poured down on the roof and the wind made everyone feel chilly standing tightly under the building cover at Red Star Mississippi River Access. But the rainy weather doesn’t bother Bob Hrabik and Dave Herzog one bit.

A typical day for Hrabik and Herzog, biologists for the Missouri Department of Conservation, consists of taking patterns and samples, running data and monitoring trends nearby rivers, such as the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio.

“From a biologist stand point you can never have enough data,” Hrabik said. “We’re not into correlation of data; a lot of things correlate. We’re into causation.”

Another aspect of their job is giving public tours of the surrounding rivers. On Saturday, Oct.1 they will host Day on the River. This provides public outreach by giving boat rides on the Mississippi River to learn about the importance of wetlands.

A closing thought from Herzog is to think: “How do I influence the river?”

-Jessica England


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