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Cleaning up a Missouri River Trash Trap (video)

As part of the 24th Project Blue River Rescue on April 5, 2014, Missouri River Relief tackled a site on the Missouri River where floating trash collects downstream of the Blue River and Kansas City.    We call this the "Missouri River Trash Trap".  Here's a video and description of the project at Rivermile 350.9, just downstream of Kansas City.


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Wild & Scenic Film Festival - 2014


Sunday, February 9th, 2014 - 2:00-6:00 p.m. The Blue Note - Columbia, MO

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This was our fourth year hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, and it was a great success! On a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon, 250 people filled the venue to screen a diverse slate of films, feast on amazing treats baked up by River Relief volunteers and raise funds for Missouri River Relief. Thanks to many silent auction donations from a long list of community members and local businesses, we raised almost $6,000 for Missouri River Relief's local clean-up and education projects.

Our theme this year was the connection between humans and the world we share.

See photos from the event here.

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2014 Schedule

Check out Missouri River Relief's 2014 Schedule!  

All dates are tentative and subject to change, so check back in for updates and make sure to sign up on our email list to get the latest!

Click here to sign up online for upcoming events.

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We are so proud of our friends!

We are lucky to know a lot of heroes, but this past week, two of our biggest heroes hit massive milestones.

In the world of big rivers, it's been a great week!

Our deepest congratulations and muddiest river rat hugs go out to Chad Pregracke and Janet Moreland, and here's why.

Last week, Chad Pregracke was named the CNN Hero of the Year for his many years of cleaning up our nation's rivers.

If everything goes according to plan, Janet Moreland will be paddling into the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico today after traveling the length of the Missouri and Mississippi River system from source to sea. She is the first American and the first woman to do this entire journey.

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Thank you Bass Pro!


Our fleet manager John Brady with our new 115hp motor donated by Bass Pro Shops.

Just days before Healthy Rivers Partnership's Big Muddy River Clean-up in Sugar Creek on October 5, we got some game-changing news. Bass Pro Shops donated a brand new 115hp Mercury motor to us, and within the week, their Columbia Tracker Marine shop installed it on our Saskia plate boat. After a summer with one down motor, we were finally full strength again. And finally back to a 100% Mercury motor fleet.

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Since Missouri River Relief started in 2001, we've worked to be an equipment-based organization. In 2002 and 2003, Bass Pro Shops stepped up as the first business to support this Missouri River navy. They donated two boats, our RR150 "Karp" and RR260 "Char", as complete boat-motor-trailer packages and ready to splash on the river.

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