Stay Tuned on March 20 Explores Issues Related to Water

The Nine Network, The Nature Conservancy and More Than 20 Partner Organizations Begin

Water Matters STL Initiative

St. Louis, MO—March 14, 2014—The Nine Network’s weekly public affairs series Stay Tuned will devote a full hour to issues related to water and its importance to the health of people, lands and economies. The program is part of Water Matters STL, an initiative being launched by the Nine Network, The Nature Conservancy and more than 20 partner organizations with a shared commitment to conservation and a common interest in water. This Stay Tuned episode airs March 20 at 9:00 p.m. on Nine PBS and will be rebroadcast March 22 at 2:00 a.m.


Stay Tuned will cover issues of how water drives the regional economy, sewer runoff and storm drains, and how the Meramec River illustrates these topics. In a video segment, producer Jim Kirchherr tours St. Louis’ sewer system and talks about ongoing improvements with Missouri Sewer District’s Lance Lacomb. The community can join the discussion using the hashtags #StayTunedSTL or #WaterMattersSTL.


The spring launch of Water Matters STL coincides with World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day on April 22. The initiative highlights why people should care about the health of water, what is being done and what individuals can do to assure the future health of water. Water Matters STL will raise awareness of resources, what individuals can do in their homes and businesses to make a difference, how people can participate with others in meaningful action, and where people can go to participate.


In addition to Stay Tuned, the Nine Network series Living St. Louis will broadcast a half-hour Water Matters STL special on April 21 at 7:00 p.m. that shows how water weaves through life in Missouri’s heartland. More information about the initiative can be found at


The Water Matters STL initiative is funded in part by Magnificent Missouri, Missouri American Water and Emerson. Additional funding is provided by Ward and Carol Klein.


Water Matters STL partners include Audubon Center at Riverlands, Center for Plant Conservation, Deer Creek Watershed Alliance, Ducks Unlimited, Gateway to GREEN at Grant’s Farm, Grant’s Farm, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, J.T. Clayton & Associates, Katy Land Trust, Mackey Mitchell Associates, Magnificent Missouri, Missouri Conservation Federation, Missouri Conservation Federation, Missouri Prairie Foundation, Missouri Sierra Club, Missouri Votes Conservation, Missouri Votes Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, the Nine Network of Public Media, Open Space Council, Osage Café/Bowood Farms, Ozark Regional Land Trust, Shaw Nature Reserve, Slow Food St. Louis and St. Louis Confluence Riverkeepers.


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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