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River races booming on the Big Muddy and tributaries

Although we like to point out that the first Flying Carp Race was a month before the first Missouri River 340, the now famous 340 mile race on the Missouri is still growing every year.

As the 340 has grown, so has the energy of a paddling race community spawning a wide variety of races on the Big Muddy and its tributaries.

Many of these races are organized by folks that cut their teeth on the 340 and saw a whole lot of potential.

The Race to the Dome, the Missouri River 340 and the new Freedom Race all contribute to Missouri River Relief, and we deeply appreciate the support of the paddling community.

The MR 340 Start - 2008

2008 MR340 start - confluence of Kaw and Missouri Rivers - photo by Melanie Cheney

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June 13 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City 2012

"The River is Falling!  Missouri River Bed Degradation"

presentation by Brian Kelly, hydrologist with US Geological Survey. 

The bed of the Missouri River in Kansas City has dropped by more than 10 feet since the 1950's. Channelization, loss of sediment and dredging are a few of the important reasons behind the Missouri River bed degrading in places like Kansas City.

Brian Kelly, a hydrologist from the US Geological Survey Missouri Water Science Center, will share more of the causes and problems associated with degradation.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

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June 12 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Rocheport 2012

"The Great Flood of 2011"

presented by Doug Latka, US Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Water Management Division

The Missouri River flood of 2011 was created by a pile of unprecedented circumstances. And it was the first major flood in the reaches of river immediately below the reservoirs since they were built. Releases from the dams stayed at 160,000 cfs for most of the summer, more than twice what the Corps of Engineers had ever released before.

The devastation from the flood continues to impact the daily lives of thousands of people living along the river. Many people, from bottomland farmers to US Senators are attempting to understand what happened, what can prevent such an event in the future and, by extension, how should Missouri River management be changed?

US Corps of Engineers biologist Doug Latka will join us to describe how the flood unfolded, why the Corps made the decisions they made and what lessons were learned that might affect Missouri River water management going forward.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)
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Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

top photo: Gavin's Point Dam at 160,000 cfs (photographer unknown). Bottom photo: Decatur area, photo by Lee Valley Auction.

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River Relief Benefit Rummage Sale 2012


We had a fantastic rummage sale, raising over $2,700 for Missouri River Relief. A huge thanks to the Penningtons and to everyone that donated items, bought stuff or worked to put it together.

Friday and Saturday, June 1 & 2, 2012
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

419 Parkade Blvd. Columbia, MO
(Rain Date is June 15-16)

Come support Missouri River Relief...and find ye hidden treasures!

Our hard-core crew members the Penningtons are hosting a rummage sale to benefit Missouri River Relief. We've already gotten several rooms full of donated stuff - books, appliances, great clothes, furniture, super cool knick-knacks. And all proceeds go to cleaning up the Missouri River.

There's several ways you can help

  • Come and browse the treasures! All proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief!
  • Check out our Facebook event and invite your friends!
  • Donate your treasures for us to sell! Contact event organizer Sarah Pennington or contact the Missouri River Relief office to find out how.
  • Post the flier in your workplace or favorite hang-out.
  • Volunteer to work at the sale! Contact Sarah to sign up for a shift.

Benefit Rummage Sale 4-1-11

Benefit Rummage Sale 4-1-11

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May 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Six Generation Farm in the McBaine Bottom"

presented by Boone County farmer John Sam Williamson, who farms in the McBaine bottom near Huntsdale

John Sam Williamson's family has been farming the McBaine bottoms along the Missouri River for six generations. They've fought floods, droughts and the changes of the river while taking care of the rich bottomland and growing food for the country.

There's a lot going on in the McBaine bottoms, including Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, the Columbia Water Treatment Plant and well field and the much revered site of the state record bur oak tree, which Williamson and his family have been taking care of for generations. Williamson is also the president of the McBaine Levee and Drainage District and treasurer of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

John will share some of his family history in the area and bring the story to the present, where changes in the management of the Missouri River mean changes in the ways farmers deal with levees.

photo by Kristen Coleman - from the Big Tree in McBaine facebook page

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

7 p.m. presentation
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro 
in Rocheport, MO (directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

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