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Saturday April 26, 2014

Earth Day River Clean-up at the Confluence

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Boat Ramp

Earth Day weekend is the perfect time to hit the big rivers and clean-up all the junk that's floated in. This time we'll be cleaning up the Confluence of our nation's two longest rivers: the Mississippi and Missouri! This year is the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis - yet another reason to celebrate these rivers that are the reason St. Louis is where it is.

Join us at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area boat ramp and let's clean it up!

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A Busy Earth Week with Missouri River Relief - Join Us!

Earth Day River Clean-up at the Confluence, Worm-o-rama, Happy Hour with River Relief and more!

From education events and parties to a massive river clean-up at the Confluence, we've got a lot going on for "Earth Week". We hope you'll join us somewhere!

Scroll down for a list and a few details on what's cooking on and off the river.

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Cleaning up a Missouri River Trash Trap (video)

"Missouri River Trash Trap Clean-up"
Part of the Project Blue River Rescue
April 5, 2014

Rivermile 350.9, just downstream of Kansas City

Project Blue River Rescue just finished its 24th annual clean-up along the banks of the Blue River, a troubled but still beautiful urban river. The event, held the first Saturday each April and organized by the Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, brings hundreds of volunteers together to clean up priority spots along the Blue. This year 1,200 volunteers, removing MANY tons of trash, recovered 1,000 tires, cleared 3 acres of invasive honeysuckle, and planted 300 trees.

Missouri River Relief has been helping for many years. This year we tackled a site on the Missouri River where floating trash collects downstream of the Blue River and Kansas City. Here's a video of this project:

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Missouri River Relief hires full-time Education Coordinator

New staff member to expand outdoor learning experience for people of all agesAlex paddling the Missouri River just downstream of the I-70 bridge near Rocheport

In an effort to deliver unique educational programs on a larger scale, Missouri River Relief (MRR) hired Alexander L. Prentice as a full-time Education Coordinator.  The Education Coordinator organizes and implements learning festivals and service learning programs in conjunction with MRR’s river clean-ups and environmental outreach programs.

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Join Missouri River Relief at "Summers @ Mizzou"

July 20-24, 2014
University of Missouri - Columbia

boat trip

Missouri River Relief is proud to be hosting a very special summer camp for students aged 14-18.  It's called Meet the "Big Muddy" - Missouri River Academy and it's part of the "Summers @ Mizzou" summer camp hosted by MU Extension and the 4-H Center for Youth Development.  There are 30 slots available, first come first serve.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival - 2014


Sunday, February 9th, 2014 - 2:00-6:00 p.m. The Blue Note - Columbia, MO

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This was our fourth year hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, and it was a great success! On a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon, 250 people filled the venue to screen a diverse slate of films, feast on amazing treats baked up by River Relief volunteers and raise funds for Missouri River Relief. Thanks to many silent auction donations from a long list of community members and local businesses, we raised almost $6,000 for Missouri River Relief's local clean-up and education projects.

Our theme this year was the connection between humans and the world we share.

See photos from the event here.

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