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March 20 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Big Muddy Clean Sweep"
Life on a Trash Barge

Presented by Steve Schnarr of Missouri River Relief

Barge Drawing by Alicia Pigg

Confluence Big Muddy Clean Sweep

7:00 p.m. - Tues. March 20, 2011 (third Tuesday this month!)
lower floor of the Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO
(directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

Group shot after the final peice of trash was loaded onto the trash barge at the Confluence, St. Louis MO

As the keystone event of Missouri River Relief's 10th anniversary, we embarked on a series of Missouri River clean-ups rolling from town to town on a trash barge. The project was called the Big Muddy Clean Sweep, and was the largest scale cleanup of trash on the Missouri River ever undertaken.

Missouri River Relief program manager Steve Schnarr and other crewmembers will share some great stories, photos and results on the event. We'll kick off the presentation with a screening of the 15 minute film that deckhand Jodi Pfefferkorn created about the Big Muddy Clean Sweep.

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March 14 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

"Taming the Wild Muddy
A History of Change on the Missouri River"

Presented by author and historian Jim Denny

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
6 p.m. Social Hour
7 p.m. Presentation
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161

(directions below)gary lucy painting

Please support our partner by coming early for dinner and drinks at this great local establishment! Happy Hour till 7:00

As America explored, settled and learned to live with the Missouri River, it also forever changed the nature of this wild, western river. In one of the Big Muddy Speaker Series' most popular presentations, author Jim Denny uses historical journals of early river travellers, including Lewis and Clark, to conjure up the essence of the natural Missouri River.

(painting by Gary Lucy of Washington, MO. Check out more of Gary's historical river art at his gallery website: www.garylucy.com)

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Video of Big Muddy Speaker Series

Together with our partners, we have begun recording Big Muddy Speaker Series presentations and posting these on YouTube. We don't get to record every presentation, but are doing our best.

See below for links to recordings, arranged by subject matter:

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2012

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Sat. Feb. 11
The Blue Note
Columbia, MO

Kick those winter blahs in the pants and join Missouri River Relief for a showing of select films from the traveling Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The festival will be at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The event is sponsored by Missouri River Relief, The Blue Note , the Alpine Shop and several national sponsors listed on the right.

We're excited to bring some of the coolest environmental documentaries to Columbia for cozy afternoon! It's a fundraiser and friendraiser for Missouri Relief, and we hope an inspiration to everyone that joins us.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook, then invite your friends!

Click here for the flier (pdf)»

Click here for the full film lineup and more details»

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Feb. 21 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Restoring the Big Muddy"

Presentation by Mike Chapman, US Army Corps of Engineers

The historic Missouri River was a completely different river system than what we have today. From a meandering, unpredictable muddy stream, we have reshaped the Mighty Mo into a more stable (but still unpredictable) swift channel.

Mike Chapman, an engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Recovery Project, will show how we have moved from there to here and where we may be going. He'll discuss the reasons for habitat restoration, describe the varied restoration projects the Corps has completed on the river, as well as current concerns in the State of Missouri with sediment management on the river.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Feb. 21, 2011 (third Tuesday this month!)
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)

Presentation is FREE and open to the public! Click here for flier (pdf)
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

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