Saturday, April 14th
Stump Island Park, Glasgow, MO
Glasgow is a real river town, with lots of river history and folks that know and love the river. Last time we had a clean-up in Glasgow, high river levels and hazardous drift kept us from putting many volunteers on the river. This year, a threat of snow kept volunteer numbers down, but 46 folks still showed up in a cold drizzle to work hard.
The weather kept us off the river in the morning, so we attacked an old roadside dump near the town of Lisbon that was spilling into a small creek that drains into the Big Muddy Wildlife Refuge. We used our big plate boat as a trailer, filling it three times with numerous bags of trash and scrap.
After a lunch of soup and warm sandwiches, several crews hit the river, locating several tire dumps and some massive floating scrap. Neighbors scoured the banks of trash and, all told, we were pretty amazed at what a relatively small group of hard workers could accomplish. 90 tires hauled off the riverbanks is no small feat!
After an evening campfire and music in beautiful Stump Island Park, we set out in the morning to round up trash our partners Friends of Big Muddy had gathered a couple weeks before from the Jameson Island Unit of the Refuge.
Total Volunteers: 46
Total Trash Tonnage: 4.6 TONS!