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Jan. 10 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

Jodi Pfefferkorn and Scott Mansker are the hosts of Rivermiles.

"This is Rivermiles"

film clips and presentation by Jodi Pfefferkorn, Flaming Fiddle Productions

Step out of the cold and join us for a special evening of clips and behind-the-scenes stories from the PBS documentary series "Rivermiles". Local filmmaker Jodi Pfefferkorn and Missouri River 340 organizer Scott Mansker take you on a tour of some great Missouri River places, and teach you a thing or two along the way.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Dec. 13, 2011
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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Check out inspiring film "Work of 1000"

and meet Marion Stoddart, the woman that started it all

30 minute film and reception with Marion Stoddart

Hosted by Missouri River Communities Network

Tuesday, Jan 17 - 7:00pm
J. Wrench Auditorium, Room 107
Memorial Union South
University of MO-Columbia Campus

Click here for event flier (pdf)
RSVP and share on Facebook
Free and open to the public, donations accepted

In the early 1960's, Marion Stoddart moved near the Nashua River in Massachussetts. The Nashua had become the dumping ground for a series of paper plants and was one of the most polluted rivers in the country.

Over the course of the next two decades, Stoddart led a citizen crusade to clean up the Nashua River, working from the local grassroots up to the federal level to guarantee a swimmable river.

It's an inspiring story of the difference one person can make when they decide to solve a problem and won't take "no" for an answer.

"Work of 1000" is an award-winning 30 minute film about Stoddart's story. Our friends at Missouri River Communities Network are hosting a screening of the film, along with a personal presentation from Marion Stoddart.

Come meet this inspiring woman and share in her story!

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Dec. 13 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

"Whither Missouri? Aldo Leopold's Challenge"

presentation by author and historian Dr. Susan Flader, University of Missouri

For the last Big Muddy presentation of 2011, we will be moving beyond the floodplain of the Missouri River. Local environmental historian Dr. Susan Flader has spent a lifetime researching and writing about the "Land Ethic" of Aldo Leopold. She will join us to share her thoughts on extending the vision of Aldo Leopold into the land and water conservation issues we face today.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Dec. 13, 2011
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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Dec. 7 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Kansas City

"The Big Muddy Refuge - Habitat Restoration on the Missouri River"

presentation by Tim Haller, Ranger for the Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge

(note: our location has changed for this month's presentation. The Big Muddy Speaker Series is now located at Hickok's Grill)

The Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge was formed in the wake of the massive destruction of the floods of 1993 and 1995. Property owners along the river were able to sell their properties to the federal government at market value and the US Fish & Wildlife Service began "passive" management of the growing patchwork of river bottomlands for fish and wildlife habitat.

Tim Haller, ranger for the entire Big Muddy Refuge, will join us to describe the growth of this "string of pearls" along the Missouri River.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
At  Hickok's Grill
528 Walnut St. - Kansas City, MO (in the River Market),
(816) 472-0161

(directions below)

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

Click here for flier (pdf)

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Big Muddy Clean Sweep

towboat

River Clean-up Towboat. photo by Alicia Pigg.

Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, 2011

Kansas City, Cooper's Landing, Jefferson City, Mokane, Hermann, New Haven, Washington, St. Charles, St. Louis

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was a success! Thanks to everyone that made it happen, from our generous sponsors and partners to many volunteers to hardworking crew!

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was the keystone event of our 10th year cleaning up the Missouri River. We chartered a barge to stop in communities along the river for clean-ups, river education and celebration!

Thank you to everyone who made it happen! 1473 volunteers removed over 60 tons of trash from the Missouri River this fall. Keep checking in on this page as we update with more results, photos and stories.

Click here for the Big Muddy Clean Sweep homepage. Check out our River Notes Blog and photos on Flickr or like Missouri River Relief's facebook page for the latest updates.

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