Big Muddy Kansas City River Cleanup 2012

Kaw Point Park - Kansas City KS
Saturday, October 20th, 2012

The Eighth Annual Big Muddy KC River Clean-up at Kaw Point Park this year was a huge success, and the weather could not have been more beautiful.

The cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 20, was the inaugural collaborative project between Missouri River Relief (MRR) and Healthy Rivers Partnership (HRP), a newly formed river-stewardship, not-for-profit organization in Kansas City.

On a gorgeous Saturday morning, 303 volunteers teamed up at Kaw Point Park to help clean-up the Missouri River for the 8th annual Big Muddy KC River Clean-up.  Over 420 bags of trash were collected, along with tons of scrap metal, appliances, and other materials, enough to fill 3 dumpsters and one tire trailer!

High school, elementary and college students showed up in full force along with church groups, environmental clubs, local fishermen, scout troops, corporate teams, and more.  The River Relief crew raced to haul massive amounts of trash off of the river before the sun set.  What an amazing group effort! 

Volunteers on the way to their pre-scouted trash spot on the bank of the Missouri River! Photo by Bernie Arnold.

After bringing the volunteers back for lunch just a couple hours later, one of the favorite parts of our lunch program is the "Git that Garbage" Trash Contest!  Check out the entire trash tally and contest entries in our "Results Blog".

It takes a real leap of faith to get down & dirty on the Mighty MO and we can't thank our Kansas City sponsors, partners and volunteers (listed on the right) enough for all of the support they showed us while we were in town!

A huge thanks to our agency partners who provided boats at the clean-up to help shuttle volunteers: the Mo. Dept. of Conservation, Rivermiles, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Burns & McDonnell.  Many thanks & praises to Wyandotte County Parks for providing a front-end loader for the day, and to the North Central Neighbors for cooking & providing lunch!

To read more stories about the Big Muddy KC River Clean-up, see more photos from the event, check out our blog and photo pages.

Volunteers getting some boat AC on the way to their cleanup spot. Photo by Brian Waldrop.

More about the Healthy Rivers Partnership:

HRP is founded on the seven previous KC cleanups conducted by River Relief and grows from Kansas City’s commitment to water resources. HRP’s new Executive Director is Vicki Richmond, former program manager and development director for Missouri River Relief, and she remains a valued MRR crew member. Larry O’Donnell is also a long-time MRR crew member and he represents a bridge between the two organizations with his membership on the Board of Directors for both organizations.

The Healthy Rivers Partnership uses the power of partnerships to raise awareness of and connect people to healthy rivers through hands-on projects. HRP plans to take a variety of actions, including volunteer cleanups of trash, water-quality monitoring, invasive non-native species eradication and habitat improvement. HRP also provides learning opportunities such as the Missouri River Watershed Festival for middle school students, educational field trips and booths at community events.

“Missouri River Relief is very excited to work with a new organization that has a mission that aligns with our own,” said MRR Director Jeff Barrow. “I see this partnership as a positive example of how action-oriented groups along the river corridor can work together to improve the Missouri River and her communities.”

Some of our favorite shots of volunteers Saturday morning!

Trash Tally:

421 Bags of Trash! And...

76 Tires (5 huge ones)
3 Hunks O’ Tire Tread
1 Inner Tube
30 Chunks O’ Styrofoam
7 Coolers
17 ½ - 5-gal. Plastic Buckets
1 – 5 gal. Plastic Bucket with Poison
3 – 55 gal. Metal Drums
2 ½ - 55 gal. Plastic Barrels
1 – 10 gal. Water Jug
1 – 40 gal. Metal Drum
1 – 5 gal. Jug of Insecticide
1 – 7 gal. Metal Bucket
2 Refrigerators (1 mini fridge)
2 Bicycles (1 red, 1 blue)
3 Bicycle Tires and 1 Wheel
1 Cart on Wheels
2 Garden Hoses
1 Lawn Mower
4 Orange Traffic Cones
1 Shopping Cart
2 Mattresses
4 Bed Springs
6 Chairs
1 Cushion
1 Bathroom Sink
1 Venetian Blinds
1 Folding Table
1 Trash Can Lid
3 ft. of PVC Pipe
1 – 30 gal. Plastic Tub
1 Bag of Syringes – unused
3 Baseball Hats
1 Football Flag
20+ Balls (Soccer, Basket Ball, Tennis)
1 Dress Jacket
1 Fire Hose – blue plastic
4 Bags O’ Scrap Metal
1 Gear Shift
1 License Plate
6 Hub Caps
1 Truck Liner
1 Car Bumper
1 Motor Wheel
2 Car Grills
6 Wheel Rims
5 Exhaust Pipes
1 Pump
3 Gas Tanks
1 Steering Wheel
2 Horse Shoes
1 – 4” shaft Motor
5 pieces of Steel Beam
1 steel Belt
2 pieces of Electrical Conduit
20 pieces of Railing
65 large pieces of Iron
1 metal Gas Can
Barbed Wire
9 Grills & Grates
3 – 12” metal Pipes
1 Wire Basket
1 RR Bridge Catwalk
17 steel Rods
1 4x4 Post
1 6x8 Metal Sheet
49 pieces of Rebar
30 iron Machine Parts
Refrigerator Coils
3 Fence Posts
1 Window Screen
1 Metal Case
59 pieces of Tow Boat remains
1 Fire Extinguisher
1 TV
6’ of Roofing Shingles
2 pieces of Vinyl Sidinsg
3 heavy pieces of Rubber Roofing/Flooring
14 wooden Boards with nails
2 wooden Box Frames
1 6x6 piece of Plywood
4 pieces of Flooring
2 pieces of Carpet
1 cubicle Divider
8 Vinyl Strips
1 Blanket
2 Tarps
1 giant Man Purse (full)
1 Bamboo Shade
2 Patio Umbrellas
5 Hunks O’ Corrugated Plastic
1 melted heavy Chunk O’ Plastic
50’ of Plastic Tubing
1 Golf Driver Club
45 pieces of 8” Plastic Pipe
9 ½ PVC Pipes
1 long Plastic Planter
1 Tote Cover
1 Plastic Sink

Our lively trash contest! Photo by Alicia Pigg.
Kansas City Cleanup Results

Photo album on Flickr

Photo album on Facebook

"Project give students hands-on experience with keeping Missouri River clean" - Action 41 News

Total Volunteers: 303

  • Volunteers signed in: 259
  • River Relief Crew: 44
  • Boats: 12 (5 MRR, 4 MDC, 1 EPA, 1 Burns & Mac, 1 Rivermiles)
  • River Miles Cleaned: 13 (MM 373 – MM 362 and 2 miles upstream on the Kaw)
  • River Stage: 10.4-ft. @ Kansas City gauge
  • Landfill: 5 tons
  • Scrap Metal: 6.5 tons
  • Tires: 76 - 1.4 tons

Total Trash Tonnage: 12.9 tons

Groups Participating: The Missouri River Relief Crew, Rockhurst University, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), Park University, Oakwood Manor Elementary, Crossroads Church, Missouri Stream Team, Kaw Point Park, Kansas City Geocachers, Missouri Master Naturalists, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SEA LIFE Kansas City, Captain Catfish, Student Environmental Coalition (SEC), Louis Berger Group, Cargill, Singles Available for Community Service (SACS), Healthy Rivers Partnership, Burns & McDonnell, Unilever, North Central Neighbors, Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club (OWWC), Advantage Metals Recycling, Cub Scouts Pack 3385, Green Club, Briarcliff Chapel, Shawnee Mission Northwest Highschool (SMNW)

Fun Team Names: Jumping Carp, Banana Tacos, Red Backs, Smithe Patrol, Sleepy Wimbats, Trash Ninjas, Nautical Salmosn, KC GeoCachers, Outstanding Owls, Trash Talkers, The Gappers, Dry Muskateers, Fearless Chickens, Screeching Owls, Oakie, Group Fourteen, Mark Twain, Sharks, Bob Supertrash, Team Solid, Man Up, Getters, Killswitch Engage, Blue Catfish, Cleaning K, The Polywogs, Happy Campers

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Briarcliff Development
Burns & McDonnell
Captain Planet Foundation
City of North Kansas City
Colliers International
Dave & Fran Stous
Debruce Foundation
EarthShare of Missouri
Faultless Starch
G Kenneth Baum
Healthy Rivers Partnership
Jackson County
KC Port Authority
KC Power & Light
KC Water Services
Mid-America Regional Council
MO Dept. of Conservation
MO Dept. of Natural Resources
Pat Jones
Saint James Winery
Tom Smith
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Columbia Ecological Services

Event Partners

Advantage Metals Recycling
Arnold Stream Team 211
Allied Waste
Friends of the Kaw
Friends of Kaw Point Park
Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
Holcim, Inc.
KC Wildlands
Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
Missouri Stream Team
North Central Neighbors
Rivermiles, LLC
Woodruff Sweitzer
Wyandotte County
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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