As stewards of Missouri’s water and soil, canoe fans can take care not to add pressure or problems to fragile waterways and environments they enjoy using. Following are tips about how to not inadvertently damage waterways during canoe trips.
Missouri’s waterways still face erosion challenges that began more than a century ago. In the 1930s, Americans realized how devastating soil erosion could be as the Dust Bowl swept across the nation, relocating an estimated 300 million tons of soil. According to Department of Natural Resources statistics, Missouri had the highest rate of erosion in the United States, which led to the creation of the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts in 1943. In 1982, Missouri was still losing soil at a rate of 10.8 tons per acre each year on cultivated cropland. Landowner voluntary efforts and structured cost-share conservation programs collectively have helped to slow erosion across the state since that time.