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Big Muddy Clean Sweep

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River Clean-up Towboat. photo by Alicia Pigg.

Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, 2011

Kansas City, Cooper's Landing, Jefferson City, Mokane, Hermann, New Haven, Washington, St. Charles, St. Louis

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was a success! Thanks to everyone that made it happen, from our generous sponsors and partners to many volunteers to hardworking crew!

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was the keystone event of our 10th year cleaning up the Missouri River. We chartered a barge to stop in communities along the river for clean-ups, river education and celebration!

Thank you to everyone who made it happen! 1473 volunteers removed over 60 tons of trash from the Missouri River this fall. Keep checking in on this page as we update with more results, photos and stories.

Click here for the Big Muddy Clean Sweep homepage. Check out our River Notes Blog and photos on Flickr or like Missouri River Relief's facebook page for the latest updates.

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Nov. 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

"Forecasting the Mighty Mo"
an introduction to the Missouri River Basin Forecast Center

presentation by Kevin Low, P.E, National Weather Service

When flood season hits the Missouri River, those of us that work on the river find ourselves obsessively checking the forecasts put out by the Missouri River Basin Forecast Center in Pleasant Hill. Many of us have wondered...how do they do that?

Kevin Low will be explaining this complicated task, and giving a broad view of the Missouri River watershed in the process.

Thursday, November 10, 7 p.m.
At the Farmhouse Restaurant
300 Delaware St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 569-6032

(directions below)

Click here for flier (pdf)

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment!

above image shows precipitation for the month of May, 2011 - the month that the Flood of 2011 started

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Nov. 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"The People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians"

presentation by Mike Dickey, Author and Site Administrator of Arrow Rock State Historic Site

Haw-che-ke-sug-ga Drawing

Few people know that the Missouri River, and the state named after it, were actually named for a tribe of Native Americans that lived along the river near the mouth of the Grand River. Even fewer people know much about the tribe, which had already begun to decline due to disease by the time European explorers began to encounter them.

Mike Dickey will be sharing the knowledge he gained researching his recently released book called "The People of the River's Mouth - In Search of the Missouria Indians".

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Nov. 8, 2011
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

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Oct. 18 Big Muddy Speakers Series in Rocheport

Tales of a Shrub Nesting Migratory Songbird, the Bell's Vireo

presented by Cara Joos, Doctoral Candidate with the University of Missouri Biological Sciences, Columbia, discussing her research on habitat quality for breeding Bell’s Vireos in Missouri, specifically populations in the Overton Bottoms Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

Bell's Vireo in hand

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Oct. 13 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

"A Quick History of our Interaction with the Missouri River"

presentation by John Dunn, US EPA

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It's the second Kansas City Big Muddy Speaker Series presentation at the Farmhouse Restaurant, and this one has a great local twist. John Dunn of the US Environmental Protection Agency will take a look at the historical interaction between Kansas City and the Missouri River.

7:00 p.m. - Thurs. October 13, 2011
The Farmhouse Restaurant
300 Delaware St. - Kansas City, MO
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE! Click here for flier (pdf)
Come early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment!

Thanks to all our hardworking partners on the right...!

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