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Cleaning up a Missouri River Trash Trap (video)

"Missouri River Trash Trap Clean-up"
Part of the Project Blue River Rescue
April 5, 2014

Rivermile 350.9, just downstream of Kansas City

Project Blue River Rescue just finished its 24th annual clean-up along the banks of the Blue River, a troubled but still beautiful urban river. The event, held the first Saturday each April and organized by the Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, brings hundreds of volunteers together to clean up priority spots along the Blue. This year 1,200 volunteers, removing MANY tons of trash, recovered 1,000 tires, cleared 3 acres of invasive honeysuckle, and planted 300 trees.

Missouri River Relief has been helping for many years. This year we tackled a site on the Missouri River where floating trash collects downstream of the Blue River and Kansas City. Here's a video of this project:

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Missouri River Relief hires full-time Education Coordinator

New staff member to expand outdoor learning experience for people of all agesAlex paddling the Missouri River just downstream of the I-70 bridge near Rocheport

In an effort to deliver unique educational programs on a larger scale, Missouri River Relief (MRR) hired Alexander L. Prentice as a full-time Education Coordinator.  The Education Coordinator organizes and implements learning festivals and service learning programs in conjunction with MRR’s river clean-ups and environmental outreach programs.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival - 2014


Sunday, February 9th, 2014 - 2:00-6:00 p.m. The Blue Note - Columbia, MO

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This was our fourth year hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, and it was a great success! On a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon, 250 people filled the venue to screen a diverse slate of films, feast on amazing treats baked up by River Relief volunteers and raise funds for Missouri River Relief. Thanks to many silent auction donations from a long list of community members and local businesses, we raised almost $6,000 for Missouri River Relief's local clean-up and education projects.

Our theme this year was the connection between humans and the world we share.

See photos from the event here.

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2014 Schedule

Check out Missouri River Relief's 2014 Schedule!  

All dates are tentative and subject to change, so check back in for updates and make sure to sign up on our email list to get the latest!

Click here to sign up online for upcoming events.

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We are so proud of our friends!

We are lucky to know a lot of heroes, but this past week, two of our biggest heroes hit massive milestones.

In the world of big rivers, it's been a great week!

Our deepest congratulations and muddiest river rat hugs go out to Chad Pregracke and Janet Moreland, and here's why.

Last week, Chad Pregracke was named the CNN Hero of the Year for his many years of cleaning up our nation's rivers.

If everything goes according to plan, Janet Moreland will be paddling into the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico today after traveling the length of the Missouri and Mississippi River system from source to sea. She is the first American and the first woman to do this entire journey.

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