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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Katfish Katy's to Cooper's Canoe Clean-up

Huntsdale to the Port of Nashville

It had been since 2006 that we did a big canoe cleanup on the Missouri River. After this wonderful day, we're excited to do more. 


photo by Melanie Cheney

An amazing group of paddlers showed up, staging their canoes then hopping on our school bus shuttle up to Katfish Katy’s. We had a full fleet of canoes lended to us from Central Methodist University, Columbia College and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. We had 60 volunteers help out (including Roxy the river dog) and snagged a pretty astonishing 2.8 tons of junk, including 30 tires and a purple dinosaur sandbox. These folks worked it!

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

St. Charles Missouri River Clean-up 2015

Blanchette Landing, St. Charles, MO.

A huge, Big Muddy thanks to the 256 volunteers that donated their Saturday morning to help clean-up the Missouri River in St. Charles!

This was our 10th year in St. Charles. With the recent flooding, plus some serious searching by all of the volunteers, there was no problem finding piles of scrap metal, tires, bottles and stryofoam to clean up off of the muddy banks.  7.7 TONS of trash were removed in just a few short hours, to include an astounding 169 tires!  Thanks for helping make it happen!  

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Manawa Bend Missouri River Clean-up

Lake Manawa State Park - Missouri River Boat Ramp, Council Bluffs, IA

Omaha, Bellevue, Council Bluffs Area

This was our first time cleaning up the Missouri River downstream of the Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro area. We partnered with Fontenelle Forest to tackle mounds of trash deposited by the 2011 flood along Manawa Bend. 

Click here for all the details.

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April 18, 2015

Washington River Festival & Clean-up 2015

Rennick Riverfront Park, Washington, MO

Washington, Mo. is one of the most river-centric towns on the Lower Missouri River. The beautiful park overlooking the river is the ideal place to hold, not just a community river clean-up, but also a local river festival highlighting the town's connection to the river.  

This was our fifth year to host the Washington River Festival and Missouri River Clean-up, and it was the best yet!  Click here for all the details.

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Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Octoberfest Hermann Trash Bash 2014

Hermann Riverfront Park - Hermann, MO

Our final clean-up of the 2014 Big Muddy Clean Sweep was at high water, just a couple feet below flood stage. This made it easy to get up on the banks and clean up the gorgeous riparian forest. Boats headed out every 1/2 hour and we worked until the late afternoon cleaning up the forest and hauling in trash. Missouri weather doesn't get any better and we enjoyed one of the prettiest stretches of river around.

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