Our Impact

From October 2001-December 2020:

River Cleanups
Tons of Trash

Learning on the River

  • 180+ Educational River Trips
  • 97 "Away Teams"
  • 171 Learning Festivals
  • 26,474 Students and Teachers
  • 24 Educator Workshops
  • 8 Student Camps

Other Projects

  • Plantings and Restoration Projects: 10
  • Water Quality Monitoring: 16


  • 2020 "Progress in Sustainability" from the Columbia Missourian Progress Awards
  • 2018 "Conservation Organization of the Year" from the Conservation Federation of Missouri
  • 2018 Certificate of Appreciation from the Village of Hartsburg, to Steve Schnarr
  • 2018 "Kay & Leo Drey Environmental Stewardship Award" from Missouri Coalition for the Environment awarded to Steve Schnarr
  • 2018 "Missouri River Champion Award" from the Missouri River Natural Resources Committee
  • 2017 "Citizen's Award" - Missouri Chapter of American Fisheries Society 
  • 2017 "Missouri River Country Heroes Award" - by Magnificent Missouri and Katy Land Trust
  • 2017 Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement "Environmental Stewardship Award" - City of Columbia, MO
  • 2017 100 Years of Missouri Conservation Partnership Award – Mo. Dept. of Conservation & Mo. Cons. Heritage Foundation
  • 2016 "Stream Team Ambassador Award" for Outstanding Service to Missouri's Rivers and Streams - awarded to Melanie Cheney
  • 2015 G. Andy Runge Award from Missouri Chapter of the Wildlife Society
  • 2011 Environmental Grant Award Winner from MO American Water
  • 2011 "River Kids Hero" Award
  • 2011 Mayor's proclamation from the City of Washington declaring Oct. 10th-16th "Missouri River Week" in honor of the Big Muddy Clean Sweep
  • 2011 Congressional Record from Senator Claire McCaskill in honor of River Relief's 10th Anniversary
  • 2010 Mid-Missouri Peaceworks Recognition for Sustainability and the Environment
  • 2009 Resolution from Kansas City, MO, City Council and Mayor "Welcoming Missouri River Relief to Kansas City, MO"
  • 2007 The Open Space Council’s William C. Shock “Clean Water Conservancy Award”
  • 2007 REI’s St. Louis “Non-Profit of the Month” (August)
  • 2005 EPA Region 7 Administrator’s Award “Environmental Excellence”
  • 2005 Lakeside Nature Center (Kansas City) “Volunteer of the Month”
  • 2005 James River Basin Partnership “Clean Water Award”
  • 2005 “Stream Team Achievement Award” -- Adult Leadership
  • 2004 Missouri Environmental Education Association “Environmental Education Service”
  • 2003 David Garcia Award for “Environmental Excellence”

2001-2020 Results Map

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