Partnerships

The Confluence Project is an ambitious, long-term undertaking. Investments in land conservation, facilities, and public programs for this unique regional initiative will ultimately exceed $200,000,000. Clearly, no one organization or type of agency can accomplish these goals alone.

Non-Profit Partners
Since 1997, the Project has been led by a working partnership of non-profit organizations, brought together with encouragement and seed support from The McKnight Foundation. The non-profits represent diverse missions and geographic parts of the bi-state region. They bring unique, complementary skills to the project while continuing their good works in the community as independent organizations.

Grace Hill Settlement House
Mission: to provide cost-effective, direct services within the self-help traditions of the Settlement House movement, through community organization. To work for social change, fostering greater support and understanding of the underprivileged. To work in disadvantaged neighborhoods, creating strong, healthy, helpful communities by encouraging and supporting neighbors as they help themselves and each other.
Greenway Network
Mission: to conserve natural resources, encourage sound management of the watersheds, and protect the quality of life for the residents of the St. Louis Region.
SW Illinois Resource Conservation and Development
Mission: to advance the conservation of our environmental resources to ensure a sustainable quality of life, by creating and fostering diverse partnerships, leveraging resources and taking decisive action as opportunities arise.
Trailnet
Mission: to lead in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling throughout the St. Louis bi-state region.
The Trust for Public Land
Mission: to conserve land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

Cooperating Agencies
Through the years, the Project has achieved important conservation, heritage and recreation milestones, many of which are described in this web site. These accomplishments are only possible through collaborative relationships with key federal, state and local government agencies and civic leadership.

Audubon Missouri
Mission: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Civic Progress
Formed in 1954 as a permanent civic organization dedicated to address issues such as the construction of express highways, housing, new business, industrial facilities, and slum clearance.
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
Mission: to provide a forum for cooperative planning and problem-solving throughout the St. Louis bis-state region. Gateway’s Board of Directors is comprised of chief elected officials in Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties and the City of St. Louis in Missouri and Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties in Illinois, six regional citizens and the chair of Metro. 
Great Rivers Greenway District
Mission: to work for a clean, green, connected St. Louis region. To deliver its mission, the District is spearheading the development of The River Ring, an interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails that will encircle the St. Louis region, enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Mission: to manage, conserve and protect Illinois’ natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public’s understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois’ natural resources for present and future generations.
Illinois Department of Transportation
Mission: to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for our environment.
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency operates over 60 historic sites and memorials. The Agency also administers the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Metro
Mission: to promote regional economic development through excellence in transportation.
Metro-East Park and Recreation District
Mission: to develop parks, trails, and greenways within the boundaries of Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois. The District supplements the efforts of local governments, special districts, and other jurisdictions already engaged in the management of parks and recreational facilities.
Missouri Department of Conservation
Mission: to protect and manage the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state, to serve the public and facilitate their participation in resource management activities, to provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about fish, forest, and wildlife resources.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Mission: to protect, preserve and enhance Missouri’s natural, cultural and energy resources.
Missouri Department of Transportation
Mission: to provide a world-class transportation experience that delights our customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri.
Clean Water AmeriCorps Program of the Missouri River Communities Network
Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is a grassroots, volunteer and equipment-based organization dedicated to reconnecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups and education events.
National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, also known as the Rivers & Trails Program or RTCA, is the community assistance arm of the National Park Service. RTCA staff provide technical assistance to communities so they can conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways.
The Nature Conservancy
Mission: to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and water they need to survive.
The Open Space Council
The Open Space Council helps preserve open spaces and public park systems throughout the St. Louis bi-state area.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Mission: to provide vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy, and reduce risks from disasters. 
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Mission: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
University of Missouri, St. Louis
The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body through its outstanding faculty, ranked programs, innovative research and regional, national and international partnerships.