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City of Columbia Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Water Festival



Learn about the health of local streams from representatives of several local organizations who will have displays and lead activities during this family-friendly event. This year, the location has been changed to the Gilbert Picnic Shelter in the picnic area. Signs and staff will direct people as we will be requiring everyone to practice social distancing. We plan to have only one family group at a table at a time. Tables include: endocrine disrupting chemicals, strange objects that have been removed from our rivers, stream table demonstration, aquatic animal identification, kid’s fishing (plastic fish) and more. Families who hike a half-mile trail to Little Bonne Femme Creek will find volunteers ready to loan nets and help you catch and identify aquatic animals. This event is co-sponsored by Boone County Stormwater, Missouri Stream Teams, Missouri River Relief, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the park. Guided hikes will be provided from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reserve your spot on a hike by calling in advance at 573-449-7402. The two hikes are the same, and both will feature two speakers: Virginia Trauth, who will speak about her research project on stormwater control devices, and Lynne Hooper, Boone County’s urban hydrologist, who will speak about water quality research findings for local streams. Hikes will be on park trails, will be about 1 mile and will visit Little Bonne Femme Creek.