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Zebra Mussels found on Big Muddy

In the past several months, Missouri Dept. of Conservation biologists and Missouri River Relief volunteers have zebras confirmed three sightings of zebra mussels on the lower Missouri River within the state of Missouri. The sightings were at Kansas City, Chamois and Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.

The invasive mussels clog water intakes, foul boat motors and compete with native mussels and fishes. Click here to read more details on how to keep from moving mussels from infected to non-infected streams. Or click below to read more and find more links.

photo by Quinta Scott from his informative blog. Click here to visit.

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Big Muddy Sessions: "Are Chemicals Contaminating our Missouri River?"

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 9

presented by Carl Orazio, Ph.D, US Geological Survey

Bryant Cabin - Overton North Unit of Big Muddy NFWR (directions below)parkvilleoutfall

Missouri River Relief, Friends of Big Muddy and Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge are proud to announce that our June 9 educational program will feature USGS Environmental Pollution Chemist Carl Orazio, discussing studies on pollution found in Missouri River water, mud and fish.

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Big Muddy Sessions: "A Walk on the Refuge"

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12

Join Big Muddy Refuge staff for a short walk through the Overton North Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge. Followed by a discussion on the future of Friends of Big Muddy, the volunteer organization that supports the Big Muddy Refuge throughout the state of Missouri.

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Rocheport Bend is in the bag


This mask was found by Mary Anne Auer, who came all the way from Chesterfield to help at the clean-up! photo by Melanie Cheney

Check out the Columbia Missourian article about our April 18 Rocheport Day of Caring event. It includes a great multimedia slideshow from the river. Click here to view it on their website»

Also check out our Rocheport results page, with a trash tally, links to stories, photos and more.

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River Relief gets a Hummer!

Donated by Olathe Ford & Rivermiles

the hummerWell, we're calling it the "Hummer". This generous donation, a Toyota pick-up, is already getting us around the state. It runs great, and we named it "Hummer" because Scott Mansker of Rivermiles called it a "Little Hummingbird".

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