Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2011

September 10th- October 29th, 2011
Kansas City, Cooper's Landing, Jefferson City, Mokane, Hermann, New Haven, Washington, St. Charles, St. Louis

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was a success! Thanks to everyone that made it happen, from our generous sponsors and partners to many volunteers to hardworking crew!

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was the keystone event of our 10th year cleaning up the Missouri River. We chartered a barge to stop in communities along the river for clean-ups, river education and celebration!

Thank you to everyone who made it happen! 1473 volunteers removed over 60 tons of trash from the Missouri River this fall. Keep checking in on this page as we update with more results, photos and stories.

Check out our River Notes Blog and photos on Flickr or like Missouri River Relief's facebook page for the latest updates.

2011 Clean Sweep by Alicia Pigg
River Cleanup barge sketch copyright 2011 by Alicia Pigg
Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2011 Schedule
This is our general schedule for the Clean Sweep. As we update results form each town, we'll link to them here.

Sept. 10- Kansas City Cleanup

  • 257 volunteers cleaned up land-based sites along the river, including cleaning up flood damage at several area river accesses.

Sept. 17-25- Cooper's Landing

10th Anniversary Celebration

Oct. 1- Jefferson City Missouri River Cleanup

  • 161 volunteers hit the river to start filling our trash barge with garbage pulled from the river. A crew of locals also worked at the Mokane ramp.

Oct. 2 - Second Annual Race to the Dome

  • Perfect weather, perfect river levels and a perfectly organized event by Patrick Lynn. Check out for results and photos.

Oct. 4-9 - Octoberfest in Hermann!

Oct. 15 - River Festival and Cleanup in Washington!

Oct. 22 - St. Charles, MO

  • A great week of cleanups in the Little Hills of St. Charles. We started with a drizzly day with REI employees and capped it off with a big cleanup with locals and Boeing employees.
  • Click here for the blog»  And check out photos here»
Jefferson City Cleanup 2011
Photo from the Jefferson City, MO Cleanup

Oct. 29- Confluence Cleanup, St. Louis, MO

  • Our biggest event of the year! 302 volunteers removed 14 tons of trash from the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Plus, we had a series of great clean-ups, networking and education events with our local partners.
Confluence Cleanup 2011 River Mile 11
The final piece of trash loaded on the barge was the mile marker from rivermile 11. Photo by Steve Schnarr.
trash barge 2011 st. louis clean sweep
The barge was unloaded by Capt. Bryant Tubbs of Humboldt Boat Service. 60.8 total tons of trash from KC to St. Louis! Photo by Steve Schnarr.

More about the barge...

The barge and towboat we will be using is called the "River Cleanup". It's owned by Chad Pregracke and the Living Lands & Waters river cleanup organization.

These are the folks that inspired us 10 years ago to cleanup the Missouri River, and keep helping us make it happen. They are getting a new barge and tug and saw this as an opportunity to offer us the equipment to take things up a notch on the Big Muddy!

LLW Rocks!!!!

Clean Sweep Quick Links:

Big Muddy Clean Sweep in the News

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Golden Mile Sponsors

Our Golden Mile Sponsors donated $10,000 or more to support our efforts in one of the locations our barge will be moored.
St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District
Pat Jones
Missouri American Water
Mo. Dept. of Conservation
Mo. Dept. of Natural Resources
3M (Columbia Plant)

Barge Partners

It would be really tough to get this barge upstream without the amazing assistance of the Missouri River barge industry. These companies "gave us a lift" upstream to Jefferson City:

Also, our trash barge and work flat were lent to us, no charge, by:

  • Gateway Dredging
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Gasconade Yard

And the offloading of the trash barge was accomplished by the amazing crew led by Capt. Bryant Tubbs at Humboldt Boat Service.

Complete Sponsor List

To see a complete list of our sponsors, click here.

Food Angels and Tasty Donations

So many people and businesses have donated food, drink and their time to feed our crew. Click here for a rolling list.

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