Date: May 21 - 23, 2021
Location: Omaha, NE & Council Bluffs, IA
Missouri River Relief is officially returning to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area to host a series of on-the-water Missouri River cleanups, engaging families and civic groups in stewardship along the banks. This series of cleanups will take place on May 21 - 23, 2021 on the Missouri River along the Omaha and Council Bluffs stretch. Although this cleanup is quite a ways out, we are anticipating the continuation of our COVID policies designed to keep our staff and volunteers safe which means that our event and boat capacity will be greatly reduced.
Rather than our traditional model of putting 200 volunteers on the river for a single day, we are spreading this opportunity over the course of 3 days, working with much smaller groups each day. Rather than boats filling up with volunteers to take multiple groups out in each boat, our boat capacity is much less and each boat will focus on working with one small group.
Because of these limitations, we are not able to open up volunteer registration to everyone who wants to join.
In a lot of ways, this breaks our hearts. We have always prided ourselves on working with as many folks as possible to get everyone interested a chance to experience the Missouri River and give back to it. But to keep everyone safe, we’re temporarily changing our model. We are reaching out to some of our most dedicated volunteers and groups first to work on this cleanup and we will not be opening registration for this one.
We are sorry for the lost opportunity this will mean for some of you, but as soon as it makes sense to do so, we'll be bringing large groups of people to the river again.
We have hosted two wildly successful cleanups with this new model and we KNOW that we will get a lot of important cleanup work done along this stretch. We are working with our partners, friends and local municipalities to make sure we are targeting those spots on the Missouri River that need it the most following the 2019 floods.
If you have tips on areas along the Missouri River near Omaha and Council Bluffs that need cleaned up, please share your information with us. If you would like to participate on your own, by cleaning up your own neighborhood or local stream, check out our guidance on Trash Mobs. We will be camping nearby and we will have dumpsters available to handle your trash while space lasts. If that interests you, please email Operations Manager Kevin Tosie to coordinate.
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