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December 4, 2013
We are lucky to know a lot of heroes, but this past week, two of our biggest heroes hit massive milestones.
In the world of big rivers, it's been a great week!
Our deepest congratulations and muddiest river rat hugs go out to Chad Pregracke and Janet Moreland, and here's why.
Last week, Chad Pregracke was named the CNN Hero of the Year for his many years of cleaning up our nation's rivers.
If everything goes according to plan, Janet Moreland will be paddling into the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico today after traveling the length of the Missouri and Mississippi River system from source to sea. She is the first American and the first woman to do this entire journey.
October 24, 2013
Our fleet manager John Brady with our new 115hp motor donated by Bass Pro Shops.
Just days before Healthy Rivers Partnership's Big Muddy River Clean-up in Sugar Creek on October 5, we got some game-changing news. Bass Pro Shops donated a brand new 115hp Mercury motor to us, and within the week, their Columbia Tracker Marine shop installed it on our Saskia plate boat. After a summer with one down motor, we were finally full strength again. And finally back to a 100% Mercury motor fleet.
Since Missouri River Relief started in 2001, we've worked to be an equipment-based organization. In 2002 and 2003, Bass Pro Shops stepped up as the first business to support this Missouri River navy. They donated two boats, our RR150 "Karp" and RR260 "Char", as complete boat-motor-trailer packages and ready to splash on the river.
September 10, 2013
Two Great River Events in One!
This was the 4th Annual Race to the Dome, followed by a great music and biking combination: the Mo River Rendezvous.
We had 123 boats and 167 paddlers competing in 22 divisions this year. Paddlers could choose between a 15.8 or 26.6 mile race course, starting in either Providence or Hartsburg. It was a perfect day on the river. A little blustery but beautiful.
The main sponsor of the event was Missouri American Water, and all proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief. The event is organized by Missouri River Relief volunteer board member Patrick Lynn.
September 1, 2013
Interview with Janet Moreland
Webmaster note: Janet Moreland is travelling from the source of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico. The name of her expedition is "Love your Big Muddy". Janet is a friend and neighbor. We both live on the outskirts of Whoop-up, MO. I caught up with her on August 23 after she had just finished portaging Gavin's Point Dam (with help from new friend Wayne Nelson-Stastny), the final dam on the Missouri River. She had just finished the final large lake on the Missouri and was looking forward to a free-flowing river. As this is published, she is now downstream of Omaha, NE.
Moreland began her journey on skis, with fellow endurance kayaker Norm Miller, on April 24. In deep mountain snow, the pair traversed the Centennial Mountain range to visit Brower’s Spring, the farthest source of the Missouri River located on the Continental Divide. Continuing by bicycle downstream through the Centennial Valley, Janet put her kayak in the Beaverhead River on May 1 below the Clark Canyon Dam. On May 15 she arrived at Three Forks, where the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson River join to form the Missouri River. Since then she has been paddling downstream, documenting the natural beauty of the Missouri River and the interesting and generous people she has met along the way.
Moreland is planning on continuing her journey, called the “Love Your Big Muddy Expedition”, on the free-flowing Missouri River to the Mississippi River. She will then take a right, paddling down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. She expects to complete her journey in November. She will be the first American to descend the entire Missouri/Mississippi River from its source to the sea. The Missouri River is the longest river in North America.
I interviewed her for a press release but would like to share the full text of my conversation with this amazing woman.
July 31, 2013
The monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series is held in Rocheport, St. Charles and Kansas City.
The Big Muddy Speaker Series has its own website! A one stop shop for statewide Missouri River knowledge. www.bigmuddyspeakers.org
The Big Muddy Speaker Series is held in three locations, Rocheport , Kansas City and St. Charles. The free monthly presentations bring experts to discuss Missouri River issues, biology, hydrology, history and more.
Here's the links to presentations in each location:
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