Missouri River Relief organizes 2-month-long cleanup program along the MO River

Friday, August 27, 2021

As a celebration of 20 years cleaning up the Missouri River, Missouri River Relief will launch a 2-month long rolling cleanup program, the “Big Muddy Clean Sweep”, covering nearly 200 miles of remote river.

Following their Kansas City Missouri River Cleanup, which took place Aug. 21, a team of experienced boat operators and volunteer crew will travel downstream, targeting areas of high-density trash for proper removal and disposal until reaching their final destination at Cooper’s Landing near Columbia. Missouri River Relief officials said they will work with hundreds of volunteers to remove tons of trash from the riverbanks and floodplain.

A press release from the organization said: “This stretch of river is remote, but is no stranger to trash and waste from upstream cities and farmland. Many of these areas have never been cleaned before. Downstream of Kansas City, they bear the brunt of pollution floating down the river, from waste tires and appliances to countless pieces of plastic and styrofoam washed from the streets of upstream cities and towns. Forty-three percent of Missourians receive their drinking water from the Missouri River and we aim to make this a healthier resource for everyone.

Throughout this program we will reach out and work with members of the river communities we visit, engaging families, students and civic groups in stewardship. Armed with tools, equipment, volunteers and river knowledge, we will make a huge impact on the health of the Missouri River and the communities we engage.”

Missouri River Relief, in addition to working at remote locations along the river, also plans to host community based volunteer events in the towns they visit. Below are the dates and locations of those community-based cleanups. Some slots are already full, and registration at stewardship@riverrelief.org is required to participate.

•Aug. 21 – Kansas City, Mo. (Riverfront Park)

•Aug. 23-24 – Kansas City, Mo. (LaBenite Park)

•Aug. 28 – Sibley and Napoleon, Mo.

•Sept. 1 – Lexington, Mo.

•Sept. 4 – Waverly, Mo.

•Sept. 18 – Miami, Mo.

•Sept. 25 – Glasgow, Mo. (Stump Island Park)

•Sept. 27-29 – Lisbon Bottoms and Jameson Island

•Oct. 9 – Boonville (Franklin Island Conservation Area)

•Oct. 11-12 – Rocheport, Mo.

•Oct. 15 – Cooper’s Landing, Columbia, Mo.

Missouri River Relief is a grassroots, volunteer and equipment-based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river cleanups, education events and stewardship activities. Since its first cleanup in 2001, MRR has conducted 187 community-based cleanups, enlisting the help of more than 28,500 volunteers to clean up over 980 tons of trash from the banks of 1,200 miles of river.

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