What happens if there are storms?
All River Relief clean-ups will go ahead unless there is severe weather. If the weather is uncertain, please call the River Relief office at 573.443.0292 after 7:00 am on the morning of the clean-up.
What should I wear?
Prepare to get dirty (this is the Big Muddy!). Strong shoes that won’t get sucked off in the mud (no sandals or slip-ons), long sleeve shirts and long pants (jeans), a hat to shade your head and face, and bug repellent are recommended. We will have simple work gloves but if you have a favorite pair of gloves, bring them. All volunteers on the river are required to wear life jackets while in the boats or working along the river. These will be provided, but if you have your own life-jacket, bring that.
What else should I bring?
Bring your own snack and some water for the morning. Our support boats will have water but you will be using up a lot of body fluids, so be prepared.
How long will it take?
People working on the river will be out at a specific trash site for about 2-4 hours. Volunteer teams will be filling trash bags with small litter and dragging larger items of trash down to the river bank and collecting trash into piles. Big john boats will come by and pick up the trash. The second major effort (at most of the clean-ups) will be picking up trash along the Katy Trail State Park. If you are interested in picking up trash along the Katy Trail, please bring a bicycle. Check in at the Missouri River Relief booth Saturday morning and get your mile-marker assignment.
Can I bring a whole group of people?
Definitely! Scouts, office parties, church groups, etc. all are welcome. But please sign up ahead of time so organizers know how to best utilize your people-power! Chances are, your group will be assigned a specific area to tackle. Feel free to wear your company logo or organization’s T-shirts.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes, these are great events for kids. Kid-volunteers are needed to help clean up the Katy Trail as well as the river.
What if I can’t find the answer to my question here?
Contact us. We’ll answer your question and we might add it to this page!
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