Saturday October 20, 2012
Big Muddy KC River Clean-up 2012
Kaw Point Park, Kansas City KS
The Eighth Annual Big Muddy KC River Clean-up at Kaw Point Park this year was a huge success, and the weather could not have been more beautiful.
The cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 20, was the inaugural collaborative project between Missouri River Relief (MRR) and Healthy Rivers Partnership (HRP), a newly formed river-stewardship, not-for-profit organization in Kansas City.
On a gorgeous Saturday morning, 303 volunteers teamed up at Kaw Point Park to help clean-up the Missouri River for the 8th annual Big Muddy KC River Clean-up. Over 420 bags of trash were collected, along with tons of scrap metal, appliances, and other materials, enough to fill 3 dumpsters and one tire trailer!
High school, elementary and college students showed up in full force along with church groups, environmental clubs, local fishermen, scout troops, corporate teams, and more. The River Relief crew raced to haul massive amounts of trash off of the river before the sun set. What an amazing group effort!
Thank you Kansas City!
After bringing the volunteers back for lunch just a couple hours later, one of the favorite parts of our lunch program is the "Git that Garbage" Trash Contest! Check out the entire trash tally and contest entries in our "Results Blog".
It takes a real leap of faith to get down & dirty on the Mighty MO and we can't thank our Kansas City sponsors, partners and volunteers (listed on the right) enough for all of the support they showed us while we were in town!
A huge thanks to our agency partners who provided boats at the clean-up to help shuttle volunteers: the Mo. Dept. of Conservation, Rivermiles, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Burns & McDonnell. Many thanks & praises to Wyandotte County Parks for providing a front-end loader for the day, and to the North Central Neighbors for cooking & providing lunch!
More about the Healthy Rivers Partnership:
HRP is founded on the seven previous KC cleanups conducted by River Relief and grows from Kansas City’s commitment to water resources. HRP’s new Executive Director is Vicki Richmond, former program manager and development director for Missouri River Relief, and she remains a valued MRR crew member. Larry O’Donnell is also a long-time MRR crew member and he represents a bridge between the two organizations with his membership on the Board of Directors for both organizations.
The Healthy Rivers Partnership uses the power of partnerships to raise awareness of and connect people to healthy rivers through hands-on projects. HRP plans to take a variety of actions, including volunteer cleanups of trash, water-quality monitoring, invasive non-native species eradication and habitat improvement. HRP also provides learning opportunities such as the Missouri River Watershed Festival for middle school students, educational field trips and booths at community events.
“Missouri River Relief is very excited to work with a new organization that has a mission that aligns with our own,” said MRR Director Jeff Barrow. “I see this partnership as a positive example of how action-oriented groups along the river corridor can work together to improve the Missouri River and her communities.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, call:
HRP Executive Director Vicki Richmond, 816-812-5166
MRR Director Jeff Barrow, 573-356-7433