2012 Clean-up Results
In 2012, River Relief volunteers got a lot done.
1,365 Volunteers helped remove 42 Tons of Trash from 79 miles of river!
After the monumental flooding in 2011, we enjoyed a relatively calm & low water year on the Missouri River, but were amazed to see some of the changes upstream in communities like Omaha where we saw tons of dead trees and large pieces of debris pushed way back into the woods.
What makes it possible is a confluence of engaged partners with a simple, but difficult goal; bringing their community together across city and state boundaries to work along a single river system.
A nucleus of dedicated volunteer crew members have been putting in long weekends since 2001, travelled the length of the Lower Missouri River many times over, honed our event systems and shepherded over thousands of volunteers onto boats to clean up the Big Muddy.
There's citizen groups and individuals in each community that welcome our project and help get it done. There's volunteers from countless groups, families and backgrounds that give up their Saturday morning to improve their river.
There's a fleet of boat operators. State and federal agencies, local river-oriented businesses, friends with boats, outfitters with fleets of canoes - they all share the belief that this is part of their duty to the river they love.
There's a long list of sponsors and partners - they provide the cash and services it takes to mobilize this clean-up effort. From fuel to t-shirts, to reusable water bottles and dumpsters. It's a community effort.
2012 was Missouri River Relief's 11th year, and it was a great success thanks to you!
Stay posted - we've got new & exciting plans cooking, especially on the education front! Because the easiest way to get rid of trash, is if it never ends up in the river in the first place.
See you on the river in 2013!
photos copyright by Steve Schnarr