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Missouri River Relief Press Clips, Video and Blogs

Missouri River Relief has been featured in many newspaper articles and TV spots throughout the basin.

Here's a rolling list of some select articles and TV news clips: 

November 18, 2020 - Columbia Missourian - "Steve Schnarr and Missouri River Relief, fostering personal connections with environment"

October 24, 2020 - Columbia Daily Tribune - "Masks, basketballs and bottles:  Volunteers brave cold and rain to clear trash from Missouri River"

October 25, 2020 - Columbia Missourian - "Missouri River Relief's clean-up event promotes environmental awareness"

October 2, 2020 - Fulton Sun - "Learning to plan a creek clean-up"

October 2, 2020 - Columbia Missourian - "Missouri River Relief to resume virtual Watershed Expeditions for fall following summer success"

September 19, 2020 - KMOV4 St. Louis - "Volunteers clean along the Missouri River a little differently this year"

August 12, 2020 - St. Charles County Suburban Journals - "Virtual programs Encourage St. Charles County Families to Explore their Local Watershed"  

August 4, 2020 - Mid Rivers News Magazine - "Get to Know Your Local Watershed

July 20, 2020 - Jefferson City News Tribune - "MRRL, MRR offer river cleanup program" 

June 24, 2020 - Missouri Life Magazine - "Picking Up A River"- by Jessica Rendell

June 24, 2020 - KMIZ TV - "Local Groups Receive Funding to Help with Covid-19" by Katie Greathouse

June 12, 2020 - Gasconade Republican - "Missouri River Relief's Watershed Expedition at Home' Offers Virtual 'Camp in a Box' Exeperience, 10 Activities" by Dave Marner

Jan. 26, 2020 - Columbia Missourian - "Missouri River Community Adds Final Touch to Bicentennial Mural" by Evan Musil

Jan. 7, 2020 - Wiki.EZvid video and article - "6 Environmental Organizations Studying and Preserving Bodies of Water"

Dec. 30, 2019 - Columbia Missourian - "2019 Record Flood Damage" - by Tristan Rouse

Nov. 3, 2019 - Jefferson City News Tribune - "A month late, participants Race to the Dome" - by Jeff Haldiman

Nov. 2, 2019 - KOMU 8 TV - "10th Annual Race to the Dome takes place after being postponed" - by Marina Silva

October 26, 2019 - Jefferson City News Tribune - "Volunteers clean up Missouri River banks" - by Emily Cole

October 26, 2019 - KOMU 8 - "Volunteers help to clean up Missouri River" by Marina Silva

October 10, 2019 - Columbia Missourian - "'Shore' thing: Missouri youth join to clean Missouri River" by Emmy Lucas and Madelyn Oden 

October 9, 2019 - KBIA - "Show Me The State: Sunken Steamboats of the Missouri River" by Kristofor Husted

September 2019 - Driftwood Outdoors - "Missouri River Relief" by Brandon Butler and Nathan "Shags" McLeod

September 13, 2019 - Radio Friends with Paul Pepper - "Race to the Dome 2019" by Paul Pepper

August 28th, 2019 – KRCG 13 – “Columbia Elementary Students Experience the “Big Muddy” By: Associated Press

August 23, 2019 - Mediacom Newsleaders - "Jefferson City Clean-up and Race to the Dome" by James Mouser

May 17, 2019 -  KSHB 41 Kansas City - "As trash piles up, Missouri River Relief embraces cleanup mission" by Nick Starling

May 17, 2019 - Fox 4 KC WDAF-TV "Group of volunteers preparing to clean Missouri River; more than 920 tons of trash recovered since 2001" by Sharifa Jackson

April 24, 2019 - KOMU TV8 - "Missouri River Relief new boat gives students an up-close education"

April 22, 2019 - Columbia Missourian - "Big Muddy lesson plan:  Missouri River Relief hosts fourth-graders"

April 13, 2019 - eMissourian - "Keeping Trash Out of the River (and Ocean) Begins on the Streets" by Karen Cernich

October 24, 2018- Boone County Journal - "Missouri River Classroom" by Bruce Wallace 

October 20, 2018 - ABC 17 KMIZ - "Hundreds of volunteers help clean up Missouri River near Hartsburg" by Sara Maslar-Donar

August 12, 2018 - Columbia Missourian - "River man: How Jeff Barrow's love for water unites Missourians" by Alexis Allison

July 13, 2018 - Columbia Missourian - "Missouri River Relief selects new executive director" by Alexis Allison

June 3, 2018 - Jefferson City News-Tribune - "Rain can't stop Missouri River cleanup" by Joe Gamm

April 20, 2018 - KOMU Columbia - "Missouri River Days" by Kamaria Braye 

April 18, 2018 - Missourian - "Columbia fourth-graders experience the Missouri River" by Megan Dollar with photos by Jordan Kodner 

April 17, 2018 - Columbia Tribune - "River becomes outdoor classroom for local students" by Roger McKinney with photos by Don Shrubshell 

Feb. 21, 2018 - MU Libraries - "Curriculum on Missouri Trees Finds Worldwide Audience through MOspace" - by Jennifer Gravley

Nov. 4, 2017 - St. Joe News Press - "Group Extols River's Virtues" - by Ray Scherer

Oct. 27, 2017 - KBIA Columbia - "Missouri River Clean-up Draws Volunteers of All Ages" - by Erin McKinstry

Sept. 30, 2017 - KOMU Columbia - "Friendly Competition on Water benefits Missouri River Relief" - by Ethan Illers

Aut. 28, 2017 - KOMU Columbia - "Missouri River Relief teaches Columbia Fourth Graders about Rivers" - by Allyson Walenta

May 25, 2017 - KMTV Omaha -  "In the Classroom, Getting to know the Missouri River"

May 23, 2017 - Net NE - "Educators Look for Creative Ways to Interest Students in Wildlife" by Ben Bohall

May 22, 2017 - KETV Omaha - "Volunteers Clean Up the Missouri River"  - by Lauren Scott

May 22, 2017 - WOWT Omaha - "Volunteers Remove More than 11 Tons of Trash from Missouri River" 

May 20, 2017 - WOWT Omaha - "Bold Souls Pry Mysteries from Cold, Wet Big Muddy Teeth" 

May 11, 2017 - Columbia Tribune - "Fourth-graders Experience the Missouri River" by Roger McKinney with photos by Tim Tai

April 12, 2017 - Washington Missourian - "Large Crowd Attends River Festival, Clean-up" - by Joe Barker

March 15, 2017 -  Washington Missourian - "River Festival Seeks Volunteers" - by Ruth Serven

March 8, 2017 - Washington Missourian - "We Experience the River" - by Karen Cernich

Sept. 3, 2016 - Jefferson City News-Tribune - "The Value of Volunteering for Missouri River Clean-up" - Staff Editorial

July 14, 2016 - Washington Missourian - "New Haven Welcomes Missouri River Academy" - by Monte Miller. 

June 20, 2016 - Boonville Daily News - "The Great Missouri River - A Beneficial Catalyst for Learning" by Joan Read

April 22, 2016 - Washington Missourian - "Missouri River Cleanup in New Haven Successful - Over 100 Volunteers Pitch In" by Don Kruse

April 21, 2016 - Science, Health and Environmental News - "Let's Go Outside:  Kristen Schulte uses nature as a classroom for enviornmental education" by Yuan Yuan

April 20, 2016 - Gasconade Republican - "Missouri River Relief hosts OMS/OHS Students for Day of Learning at New Haven" by Dave Marner

April 19, 2016 - KLPW AM - "Volunteers Collect Nearly 5 Tons of Trash Along Missouri River in New Haven" by Kyle Quick

Oct. 19, 2015 - University News - UMKC - "Students Clean Up Big Muddy" 

Oct. 18, 2015 - Jefferson City News-Tribune - "River Race raises money, awareness to keep waters clean"  by Riley Beggin

Oct. 17, 2015 - Columbia Missourian - "6th Annual Race to the Dome Raises $9,000" by Chloe Castleberry

Oct. 5, 2015 - KSHB TV - "Missouri River Cleanup encourages metro students to help the environment" (with great VIDEO) - by Jeremy Muhiu

Oct. 2, 2015 - KSMU Radio - "Cleansing Missouri's Waters, Sharing Stories of It's History and Admiring the Moon". Beautiful spoken word piece by Ozark musician and storyteller Marideth Sisco about a boat ride we took with her for the 2015 lunar eclipse.

Sept. 16, 2015 - CBS St. Louis - "Hundreds of Volunteers Clean Up Missouri River" 

July 12, 2015 - Mitchell Daily Republic - "River Race Raises Funds for Missouri River Cleanup" by Evan Hendershot about the Fort to Field 50 Race. 

June 14, 2015 - Council Bluffs Daily NonPariel - "'Big Muddy Meet-Up' - Volunteers Collect Trash Along Missouri River" - by Mike Brownlee

June 13, 2015 - Omaha World-Herald - "140 volunteers clean up Missouri River, remove 10 tons of trash"  

May 2, 2015 - Washington Missourian - "‘It Makes You Feel Good, Want to Help the Community’ - WMS Students Say River Cleanup Field Trip Was Fun, Inspiring" - by Karen Cernich - Click here»

April 22, 2015 - Washington Missourian - "River Clean-up and Festival a Huge Success" - by Karen Butterfield - Click here»

April 7, 2015 - Boonville Daily News - "Boonville Citizens Honored for Dedication to Mo River Relief Organization" - Click here»

March 24, 2015 - This Pug Life blog - "Confluence Trash Bash 2015"

Sept. 20, 2014 - KOMU TV - "Big Muddy Clean Sweep makes waves in Boonville" - story and video

Sept. 22, 2014 - KOMU TV - "Trash turned art is showcased at Boonville River Festival" - KOMU story with photos about Boonville High School art teacher Helen Sander's students and their trash-to-art exhibit at the Boonville River Festival.

Aug. 13, 2014 - Kansas City Star - "Safety Boat Captains serve in the MR340 for the love of the river and the challenge" - Click here»

Aug. 10, 2014 - Columbia Tribune - "Pulse Shots: Cleaning up the Big Muddy" - a series of photos from our "Meet the Big Muddy - Summers @ Mizzou Summer Camp". Click here»

Sept. 15, 2013 - Columbia Tribune - "Race to the Dome Features Good Natured Competition" Click here»

Sept. 7, 2013 - WOWT-TV, Omaha, NE - "Volunteers Take to Missouri River for Clean-up" with great video! Click here»

June 13, 2013 - Washington Missourian - "Missouri River Clean-up Nets Three Tons of Trash" Click here»

April 22, 2013 - Re-Discover Washington - "Washington River Festival & Clean-up 2013" - Photo Essay by Slava Peteva-Bowman. Click here»

April 15, 2013 - Washington Missourian - "The Big Muddy" - an educational graphic produced by the Missouri Press Association and Missouri River Relief. Click here»

Feb. 25, 2013 - The Waterways Journal - "Cleanup Organization Works the Missouri River". Click here»

Dec. 30, 2012 - Gasconade County News Live - "Van Booven and Geltz credited with multiplying 'Hermann Beach' clean-up effort of 16 other volunteers". Click here»

Oct 16, 2012 - Action 41 News Kansas City, MO - "Project gives students hands-on experience with keeping the Missouri River clean"Click here»

Oct 7, 2012 - KQ 2 TV St. Joseph, MO - "Area Volunteers Help Clean Up the Missouri River" Click here»

Sept. 23, 2012 - KETV Channel 7 News Omaha, NE- "Hundreds of Volunteers clean up Missouri River". Click here»

Sept. 22, 2012 - WOWT Channel 6 News Omaha, NE- "River Cleanup Yields The Unusual Amid The Trash". Click here»

Oct 29, 2011 - Columbia Tribune - "Missouri River Trash Yields a few treasures" - messages in bottles always make good stories. Click here»

October 5, 2011 - Washington Missourian -"We All Live Downstream" (with video) Click here»

October 12, 2011 - Gasconade Republican - "MoRR Learning Festival draws praise from area administrators" Click here»

July 2, 2011 - Columbia Tribune - "River Advocates Hatch Big Cleanup Plan" A sneak peek at our Big Muddy Clean Sweep. Click here»

May 2011 - Sioux City Journal - "River Cleanup Yields Kilo of Cocaine, Police Believe" We wish they focused more on the volunteer effort, but there you go...(this link also includes a couple of video clips from local TV stations) Click here»

April 2011 - Omaha World Herald - "Volunteers Clean Up River Trash" Click here»

March 2011 - Kansas City Star - "For Blue River Cleanup, Organizers Hope for 1,000 Volunteers" (features our 2006 MegaScout map and talks about upcoming Big Muddy Clean Sweep) Click here»

March 2011 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - "Cleanup group goes to the air to map Missouri River trash" Click here»

October 2010 - St. Joseph News-Press - "Volunteers Clean Up Missouri River Banks" Click here» Also, check out an editorial printed before the clean-up»

April 2010 - Washington Missourian - "Volunteers Cleanup Missouri River" with photo gallery. Click here» also, check out a great letter to the editor printed in the Missourian following the event»

September 2009 - Jefferson City News Tribune - "Caretakers of the Mighty Mo." Also includes a staff editorial. Click here (pdf)»

June 2009 - Dakota County Star - "Siouxland Missouri River Clean-up June 27" Click here»

April 2009 - Columbia Missourian - "Missouri River Relief volunteers attempt to clean up the river" (with multi-media slideshow) Click Here»

May 2008 - Prairie Fire Newspaper - "Grassroots Boots on the Muddy River" Click Here»

May 2008 - Boonville Daily News - "New Franklin Students Clean Up at Franklin Island" (with photo slideshow) Click Here»

August 2007 - St. Louis Suburban Journals - "Pokin Around: Mission Possible - Commando Volunteers Help Clean up Missouri River" (an awesome personal column about volunteering at a clean-up in St. Charles, MO) Click Here»


River Relief Magazine Articles

Fall Issue, 2020 - Missouri Stream Team - "Missouri River Relief:  Adapting to the "New Normal"

June 24, 2020 - Missouri Life Magazine - "Picking Up A River" - by Jessica Rendell

May 23, 2016 - Missouri Conservationist - "River Warriors" by Brett Dufur, photo spread by David Stonner.  Click here»

April 28, 2016 - Vox Maganzie - "The Dirty Issue:  The clean, the dirty and the just plain gross of Columbia" - scroll down to the bottom to see "Floating Away:  The life of a plastic bottle as it travels down the river".  Click here»

February 2015 - Missouri Conservationist - "I Am Conservation" - This ongoing back cover series featured Missouri River Relief staff Melanie Cheney and Steve Schnarr. Click here to read article» Click here to view back cover»

Sept 2013 - Vox Magazine - "Flooding affects efforts of Missouri River Relief" Click here»

April 2011 - Vox Magazine - "On the Job: River Conservationist" - an interview with MRR Director Jeff Barrow by Samantha Sonderen. Click here»

August 2010 - Inside Columbia - "Missouri River Relief - How Can I Help?" by Anita Neal Harrison. A great overview of our work. Click Here»

July 2010 - Missouri Wildlife - "Missouri River Relief:  800 Miles Cleaned Since 1991" by Jeff Barrow, Director of Missouri River Relief. Click Here»

May 2010 - Missouri Conservationist - "I Am Conservation" by Jim Low, MO Dept. of Conservation. A nice piece about Missouri River Relief, Stream Team 1875. Click Here»

March 2009 - Channels - The award winning Missouri Stream Team magazine featured us on the front cover. Click Here»

April 2008 - Rural Missouri Magazine - "River Relief - Removing Refuse Helps One Group Reconnect Citizens with Missouri's Rivers" by Jason Jenkins. About our 2008 Mari-Osa Dump Clean-up on the Osage River. Click Here»

Missouri River Relief on Film

Missouri River Relief has been lucky to have a bunch of great videos made on our project. It makes it easier to convey our mission to people to have some visual aids. Here's some links for a bunch of great videos.

River Relief Radio

Here's a few radio stories and interviews done with Missouri River Relief staff & volunteers.

"Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2014" - media clips

Our 2014 Big Muddy Clean Sweep was a two-month journey across the middle of Missouri, bringing hundreds of people down to the river to clean it up and learn about it. Here's some of the media that was published about the adventure.

Glasgow to Boonville Clean Sweep

Boonville Events

Cooper's Trash Bash

  • "Trash, Traffic and Transformations" - blog by the Blackwater Drifters, Joe Zimmerman and Nick Caizza who are paddling the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers Source to Sea and filming a movie.

Jefferson City Clean-up and Race to the Dome

Octoberfest Trash Bash in Hermann & Art Auction in McKittrick

"Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2011" media clips

Our Big Muddy Clean Sweep is the flagship project of our 10th Anniversary. We're cleaning up the river by barge from Jefferson City to St. Louis. It's been fun seeing media coverage in all the towns we visit. Here's a sample:

"Gathered by Thousands, Measured in Tons"

This video was put produced by Jodi Pfefferkorn of Flaming Fiddle Productions with help from Woodruff Sweitzer. It's a great snapshot of the work Missouri River Relief volunteers have done to change the face of the Missouri River. It features music by Noah Earle and Cathy Barton & Dave Para. Includes footage by Jim Karpowicz of The Documentary Group (3:46 min)

Missouri Outdoors

Missouri River Relief has been featured many times on Missouri Outdoors, the now-cancelled public TV show produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Here's links to our past features:

2006 - "Tracking the Trash" a peek at our 754 mile MegaScout Trash Survey. Click here»

2002 - "Missouri River Relief" some footage of our earliest clean-ups with Living Lands and Waters. Click here»

2004 - "A Day at the River" a peek into one of our largest Watershed Festivals. Click here»

The Price of Water - Missouri River Relief Segment

This segment is from a great documentary produced by Nebraska Public TV about restoration of water supplies. This segment covers our first Omaha/Council Bluffs Missouri River Clean-up in 2006. Click here for their webpage»

Or view the Missouri River Relief segment hosted on Vimeo and posted here.

Karp's Korner

One of our founders, Jim Karpowicz, is also a documentary producer. His production company is called The Documentary Group.

Every once in a while, he'll put together a special clip for us highlighting a special moment in Missouri River Relief history. Here's a few:

"Sri's Story" Missouri River Clean-up (2019 - 2:12) - Sri Rajan organized a bunch of her friends and family to volunteer at Missouri River Relief's "Great Rivers Clean-up at the Confluence" on Sept. 15, 2018.  Click here to watch

"Investigating the Missouri River" at the Confluence (2019 - 2:33) - MRR Education Program filmed by Tom Newcomb of Black Truck Pictures and produced by Jim Karpowicz of The Documentary Group.   Click here to watch

River Camp: The Movie! (2009 - 6:13) - Using a narration from Meredith Ludwig's Compost Pile radio program and music by "Naked Dave" Bandy, this video shows our 2009 River Camp Sandbar Banquet on beautiful California Island in the Manitou Bluffs. Click here to check it out»

Missouri Stream Team 1875 (2009 - 3:27) - Jim produced an award-winning documentary covering the 20th Anniversary of the Missouri Stream Team Program. Here's a clip about Missouri River Relief» Or you can watch the whole show»

Le Flume (2009 - 2:34) - A glimpse at the trash flume we used to clean-up the Mari-Osa Dump in 2009. Click here to check it out»

Patagonia MegaScout Video

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia was one of the sponsors for our 2006 MegaScout 754 mile trash survey of the Big Muddy. Now they've posted a fantastic film about the trip, produced by MRR crewmembers Charlotte Overby and Jim Karpowicz. Check out the video on the Patagonia Blog, The Cleanest Line. is created and maintained by Missouri River Relief, P.O. Box 463, Columbia, MO 65205
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