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KC mayor honors MRR

Kansas City, MO, Mayor Mark Funkhouser came to our Oct. 3 Kansas City Clean-up expecting to help out for an hour or so. He was surprised instead to see hundreds of people boarding boats to clean up along this urban stretch of river. So he hopped on a MDC boat as well, and was impressed by what he saw.

So on Nov. 5, he presented a resolution to the KC City Council for approval, officially welcoming Missouri River Relief to Kansas City.

What an honor!

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MRR honors MDC Stream Unit

At our River Camp Sandbar Banquet on September 17, MRR board president David Richter presented the Missouri Dept. of Conservation Stream Unit with our "Troy Gordon Memorial Partner of the Year Award" for their support of our program since we began in 2001. The Stream Unit is one of the main partners in the Missouri Stream Team program, which also includes the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources.

The Missouri Stream Team program just celebrated its 20th Anniversary, and now has more than 4,000 grassroots Stream Teams across the state. Missouri River Relief is proud to be Stream Team #1875. Our adopted "stream" is the Missouri River!

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Public Comment on Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan

Public comment is being accepted through Dec. 1 on the upcoming Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan. This is your chance to voice your opinion before planning begins. Click here for locations, or click here to submit your comments directly.

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Cleaning up the Confluence with Whole Foods


In July, the Missouri River Relief crew was invited to set up booths at both Whole Foods Market stores in St. Louis. As one of their Community Support Days, they donated 5% of their proceeds from the day to MRR - it totalled an amazing $7,700!! So on Friday, August 21, we'll be cleaning up the Missouri River near Columbia Bottom Conservation Area with a group of diehard Whole Foods employees and some of our St. Louis friends.

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July 14 Big Muddy Session:

"Beyond Catfish: A Peek Below Muddy Water at the Diversity of Missouri River Fish"

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at Les Bourgeois Bistro, Rocheport, MO

Presented by Andy Plauck, USFWS Biologist

We all know about catfish and sturgeon, but can you name any other Missouri River fish? Few people know the denizens of the Big Muddy deep as well as the biologists at the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office here in Columbia. Biologist Andy Plauck has been studying Missouri River fish for years, and this time he'll give a window into the many fish species that never make the headlines. From minnows to paddlefish, it's a dizzying diversity - and he'll even bring some live specimens for you to see!

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