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Jefferson City Cleanup 2014

Wilson's Serenity Point at Noren Access - Jefferson City, MO
Saturday, October 4th, 2014

As part of our 2014 Big Muddy Clean Sweep, a two-month continuous clean-up in September & October, we rolled with the changes as the river swelled close to flood stage after massive October rains, and cleaned up the surrounding area by land.

Over 100 really hard working and happy volunteers rolled with the changes and cleaned up 12 river and stream-side land sites in Jefferson City and Hartsburg. 3.3 Tons of Trash were removed from Turkey Creek, Wears Creek, Cedar Creek, Boggs Creek, the Moreau River, Noren Access and got two boats on the high waters of the Missouri. We have the best volunteers in the world! Thank you so very much for helping us make it happen in our state's beautiful capitol!!

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The Big Muddy and the capitol building from the 63 bridge, nearing the end of the sunset. Photo by Bernie Arnold.

Saturday was a beautiful day. We were lucky to have the help of our friends at the Big Muddy Fish & Wildlife Refuge and Missouri American Water who brought trucks and trailers to help us haul trash by land.  A special thanks to Mark Van Patten, Tina Casagrand & Diana Dexter for helping us identify land sites.  Lunch was purchased from Schulte's Fresh Foods.

As always, deepest thanks to the Missouri River Relief crew, those great volunteers that travel the state to safely get people on the river and clean it up!

And a mega-thanks to Republic Services, for donating the delivery of a roll off dumpster. That is crucial! Thanks!

Thanks to our amazing Sponsors!  None of this would happen with our dedicated sponsors, who donate cash, supplies and hard work to keep this river clean-up project humming.

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Trash traps- where floating items on the river accumulates in a swirl of water typically behind dikes - are always spots that we are sure to find trash! Photo by Melanie Cheney.

Trash Tally:

134 Bags of Trash
47 Tires (3 Tractor Trailer Tires, 1 Tractor Trailer Inner Tube)
1 55-Gallon Plastic Barrel Lid
2 55-Gallon Metal Drums
1 Metal Drum Lid (rusted)
5 Chunks Styrofoam (very large)
4 Sheets Plywood
5 Wooden 2’ x 4’s
4 Wooden 4’ x 6’s
1 Wooden Palette
2 Iron T Poles
23 Pieces Scrap Metal
110’ Steel Reinforced Conduit
12’ Steel Cable
15’ Farm Fence Wire (rusted)
14’ Steel Pipe
20’ PVC Pipe
20’ Iron Gas Pipe
61’  Plastic Pipe
2’ Ceramic Pipe
150 lbs Coated Copper Cable Wire
1 Shopping Cart (Winner-Biggest Trash)
1  Milk Crate
1 Stainless Steel Kitchen Trash Can
1 Cooler (red)
1 Antique Ketchup Bottle (empty)
1 Bottle Sprite (never opened)
1 Heineken Beer Bottle Cap
1 French Press
1 Coffee Maker (20 cup)
1 Coffee Cup
1 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet
2 Plastic Lawn Chairs
1 “Hello Kitty” Love Seat (Winner-Best Darned Find of the Day)
2 Mattresses
1 Box Springs
1 Double Sheet Set
1 Couch Cushion Springs (rusted)
150 sq ft. Wet Carpet

1 Wet Carpet Pad
300 lbs Wet Ceiling Tile
1 Window with Metal Grate
1 Ceiling Fan Blade
1 Car Hood (midsize compact)
1 Exhaust Pipe
2 Strips Car Trim
1 Velour Car Seat
1 Truck Windshield Wiper Base
1 Missouri License Plate (2010, ME VERA)
1 Child’s Tractor (perfect condition)
1 Child’s Jeep (axle and wheels only)
1 Child’s 4-Wheeler (Winner-Most Useful Trash)
1 Skate Board (half)
1 16” Ice Skate
1 Child’s Plastic Steering Wheel
1 3” Army Man (green)

1 Plastic Zebra
1 Baby Doll Head (Winner-Weirdest Trash)
1 Teddy Bear (dressed for town)
1 Playing Card (2 of spades)
1 Moss Covered Tennis Shoe (Winner-Most Fashionable Trash)
1 Padded Bra (pink)
1 Nike Head Band
1 Baseball Cap
1 Melted Blob of Plastic (Winner-Most Artistic Trash)
1 Child’s Slide
1 Garden Watering Wand
3 Gardening Tools
2 Pumpkins (ready to carve)
1 Serrated Hand Saw Blade (Co-Winner-Most Likely to be Used as a Weapon)
1 Smoke Grenade Canister (Co-Winner-Most Likely to be Used as a Weapon)
1 Golf Ball (with stripe)
2 Baseballs (Winner-Best Muddy Balls)
1 Tennis Ball
2 Basketballs (Wilson’s)
1 25 lb Barbell Weight
1 Laptop Case
1 Ear Plugs on a Rope
1 Cat Skull
1 Deer Skull (Winner-Best Animal Find)
1 Wooden Cross with Memorial Nameplate (James Wynn, 10-16-49 to 6-8-97)

Special thanks to "Trash Archivist and Tally Ho" Ruthie Moccia for her keeping track of all that trash!

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Some of our hardcore volunteers posing with the tire haul! Photo by Kory Kaufman.
Jefferson City Cleanup Results

Photo album on Flickr

  • Volunteers signed in: 79
  • River Relief Crew: 26
  • Boats: 2
  • River Miles Cleaned: 5 (MM 141 – MM 146)
  • Land Sites: 12
  • River Stage: 20-ft. @ Jefferson City gauge
  • Landfill: 2 tons
  • Scrap Metal: 0.4 tons
  • Tires: 47 - 0.9 tons

Total Trash Tonnage: 3.3 tons

Groups Participating: Missouri River Relief Crew, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Big Muddy Refuge, Missouri Stream Team, Missouri American Water, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS), Lincoln University, Arnold Stream Team – Mighty 211, Stream Team 1176, Stream Team 4660, Kabul Waterdogs - Stream Team 3419, Lighthouse Prep Academy, Rock Bridge High School National Honor Society, Ridgers, Critter Getter, Wolf Pack, Missouri Master Naturalists – Boonslick Chapter, Runge Nature Center, Girl Scout Troop 70846, Hulston Family Foundation

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Event Partners

Becky & Patrick Lynn
Race to the Dome
Joe Wilson - Wilson's Serenity Point
City of Jefferson Parks & Rec.
Missouri Stream Team
Jefferson City River Terminal

We're doing a clean-up across the state with a trash barge. The Jefferson City Clean-up is part of the effort.

Bruswick, Jameson Island, Boonville, Cooper's Landing, Jefferson City, Hermann

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