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Missouri River Relief hires full-time Education Coordinator

New staff member to expand outdoor learning experience for people of all agesAlex paddling the Missouri River just downstream of the I-70 bridge near Rocheport

In an effort to deliver unique educational programs on a larger scale, Missouri River Relief (MRR) hired Alexander L. Prentice as a full-time Education Coordinator.  The Education Coordinator organizes and implements learning festivals and service learning programs in conjunction with MRR’s river clean-ups and environmental outreach programs.

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2011 Mid-Year Results

• 1000 Students & Teachers  •  600 Volunteers  •  31 Rivermiles
•  21 Tons of Trash  •  7 Big Muddy Speakers Series  •
•  9 Educational Booths  •  3 Watershed Festivals  •
•  1 Wild & Scenic Film Festival  •  1 Aerial Trash Scout  •

River Trip with Douglass Highschool Students 5-18-11

These are just a few of Missouri River Relief's accomplishments from throughout the year.  As we celebrate River Relief's 10th Anniversary this year, despite major flooding, we have been packing it in!  Jump on board as we continue the journey, working on 10 years of good, clean trashy fun!

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July 12 Big Muddy Speaker Series

"The Secret Life of Sturgeon"

Pallid-ShovelnoseTracking and studying the rare and endangered pallid sturgeon in the massive, muddy water of the Missouri River is not an easy task. Emily Pherigo, a biologist working with the US Geological Survey will be describing some of the innovative techniques and technologies they use as they study the fish, its habitat and its behavior. This is the second in our two-part series on the pallid sturgeon recovery efforts.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. July 12, 2011
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)

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

Join us for our monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series at the Les Bourgeois Bistro.

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June 14 Big Muddy Speaker Series

Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Sampling

"Stocking Up On Sturgeon"

US Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Tracy Hill joins us for a peek into the multi-state breeding and restocking effort to strengthen Missouri River populations of the endangered pallid sturgeon.

7:00 p.m. - Tues. June 14, 2011
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

(directions below)
Presentation is FREE!
Come early to purchase a great dinner upstairs at the Bistro!

Join us for our monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series at the Les Bourgeois Bistro.

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Record floods pound Dakotas, moving downstream

A combination of 140% normal snowpack and heavy rains have filled mainstem Missouri River reservoirs and the Corps of Engineers has begun releasing unprecedented flows of water from the dams.

Sandbagging has begun in Montana, North and South Dakota as predicted releases seem to climb each day. The latest announcement on May 28 is that lower dams, including Gavin's Point Dam (the most downstream dam) will be quickly increase their flows and be releasing 150,000 cubis feet per second (cfs) by mid-June.  These predictions have been changing daily.

Heavy rains in the lower basin have caused levels there to spike and most communities from Omaha downstream are predicted to enter flood stage by this weekend.

We've been collecting a news feed of published stories on the web about Missouri River flooding throughout the basin. Click here to access that feed, published on our Big Muddy News blog»

To check river level projections at all gages along the Missouri River, visit the NWS Advanced Hydrological Predictions page for the Missouri River. Click the gages you want to see on the left, then the information you want on the right, then click "Create my River Page" at the bottom. This can then be bookmarked for continuous reference.

For the latest information supplied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on flood inundation maps, levee vulnerability, press releases and updated forecasts see:

For links to more river watching products, see our River Links page.

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