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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Washington River Festival and Clean-up 2017

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.  We had our sixth Washington River Festival and Missouri River Clean-up on April 8, 2017. And it was the best ever. 

Because of high water on the Missouri River, we changed our plan at the last minute to attack land-based sites along creeks and streams near Washington. The weather was perfect and we had 170 volunteers show up to remove 6.25 tons of junks from the banks and floodplains of our streams. An amazing day, really. 

The festival was the best ever, with really great music, food, drinks education booths, art projects and more. We'll keep updating this page!

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Jefferson City Missouri River Clean-up 2016

Carl R. Noren Access at Wilson's Serenity Point - Missouri River Boat Ramp, Jefferson City, MO

220 volunteers showed up on a beautiful fall day to help clean-up the Missouri River near Jefferson City. Staged at the beautiful Carl Noren Access at Wilson Serenity Point, the cleanup brought together seasoned cleanup pros with a bunch of new folks. 

With a fleet of 13 boats from the Mo. Dept. of Conservation, Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (USFWS), Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge (USFWS), Missouri River Relief and some local friends, it was a smooth affair. 

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Big River Clean-up at the Confluence 2016

Sioux Passage County Park, St. Louis, MO

184 volunteers - 5 TONS of trash removed - 1 great day. Thank you St. Louis friends, sponsors and partners!! We couldn't do it without YOU. Read more in the attached description and check out our photos from the day.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

New Haven Missouri River Clean-up

New Haven Riverfront Park Boat Ramp

A beautiful weekend with wonderful people cleaning up one of our favorite stretches of river. This was our first time hosting a cleanup in New Haven, and we are all a little starry-eyed with how beautiful and pleasant the town and its people are. 

Any time we are cleaning up a part of the river for the first time, volunteers end up hauling a bunch of junk out of there. This was no exception - 155 volunteers removed 7.5 TONS of trash from the river floodplain in one day!


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Confluence Trash Bash 2016

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - St. Louis, MO

The Confluence Trash Bash is an amazing event involving hundreds of volunteers across North St. Louis cleaning up streams, rivers and lakes in their neighborhoods. It's hosted by Greenway Network with a long list of partners. 

Missouri River Relief works with Big Muddy Adventures to clean up Mosenthein Island on the Mississippi River, just downstream of the Chain of Rocks. Space is limited but our site has just had 14 new spots open up. If you want to try to sign up, please contact Steve Schnarr at 573.289.2077 or email and he'll let you know how to register. 

trash line

Getting trash up the Mississippi River bank.
photo by Laurie Ferretti

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