We had a beautiful spring day in Kansas City cleaning up the river with 115 fantastic volunteers. Kansas City is the largest city centered on the Missouri River and has a growing population of people that love this long neglected river. It feels so good to be back working there with those wonderful KC people.
The morning started with an electrical storm that delayed boat boarding for 50 minutes. Rather than sit around waiting, most of the volunteers grabbed trash bags and scoured the forest around the parking lot for trash. And Riverfront Park really needed the help!
Then everyone boarded boats and cleaned up 7 miles of floodplain forest, some areas which we had never reached with a clean-up before.
Volunteers loading on boats after a rain storm. Photo copyright by Melanie Cheney.
Our local friends at Healthy Rivers Partnership, Vicki Richmond and Susie Burton, took a group of volunteers to the mouth of the Blue River, where they cleaned up the beaches and netted trash right from the river. A crew from Rivermiles, the hosts of the MR340, took out a crew and so did Justin Pyberg, a Mo. Dept. of Conservation agent from Lafayette County. Plus River Relief's diehard crew of volunteer boat operators.
The trash piled up quick! Our biggest group of the day, Girl Scout Troop #1622, brought 7 kids and 3 adults and they worked hard. The scouts nearly swept the Trash Contest! For the first time, the trash contest was directed by Yassi Armer-Shabazz, who has been doing River Relief clean-ups since he was a baby.
Lunch was cooked up by our brand new crew of lunch chefs - JD Enke from Ivanhoe Mason Lodge No. 446 and "Uncle Tom" Scrivner joined Jen Davis and Kris Mattern to grill up brats, hot dogs and burgers for the hungry volunteers. Thank you lunch crew!
Keep posted for more results as we compile them!
104 Total Bags of Trash Collected
4 Tires on Rim
28 Tires off Rim
4 Tire Treads
Winner - Broken Ceramic "Fishing Angel"
Large Stryrofoam Chunk with living plants
Part of street sweeper machine
Plastic lego wagon
Training Toilet Bowl
"I Dream of Jeannie" bottle
Unopened Bud Light
2 Cooler Lids
2 5-gallon plastic buckets
1 55-gallon metal drums
1 metal oven door
1 piece of a couch
1 fluorescent light fixture
1 large piece of carpet
1 metal grill
1 long piece of conduit
1 plastic jungle gym piece
1 small corrugated plastic culvert
2 metal t-post fence posts
1 plastic chair
1 plastic Mother Mary
1 folding chair
8 pieces of rubber tubing (between 2' and 20')
1 large chunk of styrofoam
1 plastic glove
1 pull cart
1 ceramic "Fishing Angel" sculpture
1 truck bumper
1 recycling tub