I end up doing a couple of trips to Northern Michigan every year and have seen some pretty good examples of the canoe liveries working with the general public to create a better experience for everyone. Some of the common examples I've run across are:
-limiting the amount of alcohol allowed on the trips to a 6 pack per person or craft
-No kegs, no glas, no Styrofoam.
-no portable radios
-limiting the number of large groups
-Ensuring that every craft goes out with a mesh orange bag for trash
-and most importantly to wading fisherman -educating all canoeists to navigate behind, not in front of them.
Penrods on the Au Sable lists a few good examples. http://www.penrodscanoe.com/canoe.html
These rules aren't limited to just one livery on one river. I've seen the same on the Manistee, Jordan, Pine, etc.
In a perfect world, I would like to see these same courtesies extended to the Ozark rivers and I think it needs to start with the liveries after all they are running the shuttles, loading the vans, etc. They may lose a customer here or there, but I guarantee that I or another like minded person looking for a quality experience will be right there to fill that loss.
I have a 1 year old son that I'd love to be able to take out on the river, but frankly the thought terrifies me. The behavior I see precludes the use of the rivers as a family environment and should not be tolerated. Sure, the week days present an entirely different river, but that's not an option for most of us.
I'm a weekend warrior just like everyone else. The rivers belong to all of us, and with cooperation can be enjoyed by all equally.
Just the thoughts of a lurker.