Fort Osage Missouri River Clean-up 2019

Fort Osage Boat Ramp, Sibley, MO

We would be lying if we said that we weren’t a little disappointed that the weather stopped us from accomplishing the goal that we had set out to achieve. Many of our friends and partners have had their sights set on the “trash trap” at river mile 333 for quite some time, and this was our chance to give it all we got. However, the storm system that tracked through the Kansas City area kept most of us on shore for a majority of the morning. Those volunteers who showed up and braved the rain and storms got their chance to make their mark on the notorious trash trap, but the job is far from over. In a very short amount of time, we were able to remove around 1.5 tons of trash from the river. Make sure to check out the albums from the event to see how we managed to make the best of a rainy situation. You can check out our Facebook album here and our Flickr album here.


Volunteers about to head out to their clean-up location out of the Fort Osage boat ramp. Photo by: Steve Schnarr

Thank you to the 18 hardcore volunteers who woke up to the weather forecasts and chose to brave the weather with us at thee boat ramp. You rock!


Executive Director Steve Schnarr addressing the weather during the clean-up. Photo by Melanie Cheney


Even though we weren’t able to give this area the cleaning it deserved, we are overwhelmed by the support of the city and the wonderful people of Sibley who helped us throughout the week. Our Crew Camp was stationed at the beautiful Hayes Park, surrounded by wonderful neighbors who were so supportive of our mission and were happy to help with any problem that came our way. From one neighbor offering us their basement incase of severe weather, to another cooking our crew dinner on Saturday night, the support was unmatched.


Even though the rain kept us on shore most of the morning we were still able to fill half a 40-yard dumpster. Photo by Kevin Tosie


Some great media coverage came out across the Kansas City area of our efforts to clean the Missouri River. We were lucky to have Fox 4 KC and Action 41 News come out for our trash scout on Friday to help share our story with the area. Make sure to check out Fox 4's "Group of volunteers preparing to clean Missouri River; more than 920 tons of trash recovered since 2001" by Sharifa Jackson and KSHB 41's "As trash piles up, Missouri River Relief embraces cleanup mission" by Nick Starling.


Here is the trash tally from the day:

57 bags of trash!


  •  5 tires on wheel rims
  • 1 large truck tire w/out wheel rims
  • 8 tires w/out wheel rims
  • 1 car bumper
  • 1 18-wheeler mud flap
  • 1 recreational inner tube
  • 2 coolers, 1 very large
  • Refrigerator (200 lbs.)
  • 1 hot tub (floating, with lone paddler)
  • 1 car top carrier (perfect condition)
  • 1 snowboard (faded lime green)
  • 1 large chunk of Styrofoam
  • 1 3’x6” corrugated tube
  • 4 55-gallon plastic barrels (30 lbs.)
  • 6 5-gallon plastic buckets
  • 1 5-gallon oil jug
  • 1 200-gallon poly-tote chemical storage container
  • 1 plastic shopping basket
  • 1 industrial dish washing rack
  • 1/2 plastic tub
  • basket balls
  • 1 yellow rubber 4-Square game ball
  • 1 plastic toy car
  • 1 toy wheel barrow
  • vintage medicine bottles
  • 1 mud burrito
  • innumerable cans and bottles

Check out the amazing photos on Facebook and Flickr!

- Check out the great media coverage from stations in the Kansas City area:

Total Volunteers: 49

  • Volunteers Signed In: 18
  • River Relief Crew: 31
  • Boats: 5 ( 5 MRR boats)
  • River Miles: 5 (MM 337 - MM 333)
  • River Stage: Napoleon Gauge - 19.55-ft. | Sibley Gauge - 22.3-ft. 
  • Landfill: 1.3 tons
  • Tires: 14 (13 passenger tires | 1 truck tire) 0.19 tons

Total Tonnage: 1.5 tons

Groups Participating: KCP&L, Stream Team # 1875

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

"Bald Eagle" Event Sponsors - $10,000

"Great Blue Heron" Event Sponsors - $5,000-$9,999

"Paddlefish" Event Sponsors - $1,000-$4,999

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