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Sept. 13 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Making Wine on a Missouri River Bluff"

presentation and tour by Curtis Bourgeois, CEO of Les Bourgeois Vineyards


Since 1986, the Bourgeois family has been growing grapes and selling their wine from their blufftop property near Rocheport, MO. Curtis Bourgeois will join us for a talk describing the history of his family's business followed by a tour of their recently completed wine production facility.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Sept. 13, 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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Equipment Wish List

There are several ways you can get involved and make a difference to help Missouri River Relief.  In addition to becoming a sponsor, giving through your workplace, or lending your volunteer muscle, River Relief kindly accepts in-kind donations of food and supplies like clean-up tools, trucks, boats & trailers to supplement our current fleet.  Check out our full equipment wish list here!


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Sept. 8 Big Muddy Speaker Series - Kansas City

2011 flood

June 12, near Blair, NE - photo by Lee Valley Auctions. See all of their aerial photos of the flood at

"Floods and Mud - Challenges to Managing the Missouri River"

presentation by Robert Jacobson, Ph.D, USGS

Together with our partners, we're kicking off a new location for the Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City on Thursday, September 8. Robert Jacobson, Ph.D, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS), will give a presentation called "Floods & Mud - Challenges to Managing the Missouri River".

The monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series has been going for over 3 years in the Rocheport, MO, area, bringing experts to an informal location for in-depth presentations on a wide variety of Missouri River topics. Now, in addition to the Rocheport location, the Big Muddy Speaker Series will have a monthly presentation in Kansas City. This first presentation will be at the Farmhouse Restaurant in the City Market area.

7:00 p.m. - Thurs. Sept. 8, 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!

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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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2011 Mid-Year Results

• 1000 Students & Teachers  •  600 Volunteers  •  31 Rivermiles
•  21 Tons of Trash  •  7 Big Muddy Speakers Series  •
•  9 Educational Booths  •  3 Watershed Festivals  •
•  1 Wild & Scenic Film Festival  •  1 Aerial Trash Scout  •

River Trip with Douglass Highschool Students 5-18-11

These are just a few of Missouri River Relief's accomplishments from throughout the year.  As we celebrate River Relief's 10th Anniversary this year, despite major flooding, we have been packing it in!  Jump on board as we continue the journey, working on 10 years of good, clean trashy fun!

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