Jefferson City Missouri River Cleanup 2016

Carl R. Noren Access at Wilson's Serenity Point - Jefferson City, MO
Saturday, September 10th, 2016

A huge, Big Muddy thanks to the 220 volunteers that spent a GORGEOUS Saturday morning helping to clean-up the Missouri River in Jeff City!

After three nights of heavy rains, we were so very lucky that the river stayed within cleanup range (i.e. not flood stage), and we were able to hit the river!  Volunteers had no problem finding piles of scrap metal, tires, bottles and stryofoam to clean up off of the muddy banks and 5 TONS of trash were removed in just a few short hours, to include an astounding 102 tires!  

Highlights included plein air artist, Cindy Scott of TooRooster Artistry that painted the event as it was happening.  

2016 jefferson city cleanup, cindy scott plein air painting
Plein Air painting of the cleanup scene by Cindy Scott.

The Lonesome Campanions band played music for us during an amazing lunch, and after a fun trash contest, the remaining volunteer crew hit the recycling scene, to sort through it all. We are thrilled that the VAST majority of the trash was able to be sent to recyclers. 

This event was hosted by Missouri River Relief and sponsored by Missouri American Water, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources,the  Missouri Department of Conservation, the Mid Missouri Solid Waste Management District and a BUNCH of great Sponsors & Partners listed on the right.  »

Our strong crew that joined us to make this cleanup happen! Photo by Melanie Cheney.

Major partners included our fleet of 13 boats from the Mo. Dept. of Conservation, Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (USFWS), Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge (USFWS), Missouri River Relief and some local friends.

Thanks to the MANY hands and hearts for helping us make it happen!

2016 jefferson city cleanup
Thank you to all the volunteers who joined in on cleaning up the big Muddy! Photo by Bernie Arnold.

Trash Tally:

195 Bags Trash
1 huge tractor-trailer tire w/out rim
102 tires
(1 tire on rim with axle hanging from it)
1 refrigerator
1 hot water heater
1 car bumper
1 oil drain pan
1 gas tank cover
1 car headlight
3 propane tanks
1 Freon tank
1 pump sprayer
1 brand new garden hose with packaging  
6 5-gallon buckets
2 50-gallon plastic barrels
8 plastic tubs
2 plastic milk crates
2 5-gallon metal buckets
3 50-gallon metal barrels
1 5-gallon stainless-steel milk can (very shiny)
1 2-cup glass measuring cup
1 large hunk Styrofoam
1 1/2-gallon jug of oil
2 paint cans (1 full of paint, 1 empty)
4 large pieces scrap metal
1 20-foot steel cable
1 metal spring
7 coolers
1 bunch fake grapes
1 12-foot iron pipe
9 large hunks plastic
1 6-foot roll acrylic sheeting (very heavy)
3 seed starter flats
1 TV back panel
1 radio vacuum tube
1 picnic table base (tubular steel)
1 lawn chair (green plastic)
1 length of rubber hosing
1 wood plank
1 garage door opener motor
2 wooden fence posts
1 signpost
1 4-foot wide metal culvert (fully rusted)
1 bin dog feeder
2 child’s car seats
1 fishing rod
1 duck decoy
1 Frisbee
1 sand bucket
1 yellow flip-flop
1 jet ski tread
1 ball bat
13 assorted balls (football, soccer, etc.)
1 toy chicken
1 toy sheep (contest winner)
1 red cardboard octopus (should have won the contest)
1 child’s 4-wheeler in pieces (steering wheel, axle, seat)
1 plastic toddler slide
2 plastic sleds
1 Tuggy the Tugboat
1 Bubba Keg
1 pair pink plastic sparkle sunglasses (lenses gone)
1 toy ladder (from a toy fire truck)
1 bottle cheap perfume
1 plastic animal leg bone
1 animal skull
1 sheriff’s star hood ornament with rhinestones (very pretty, lots of potential)
1 matching pattern fork and spoon (stainless steel)

To see photos of this interestesting trash assortment, check out our flickr photo page

Jefferson City Results


Photo album on Flickr

Photo album on Facebook

In the News!

Total Volunteers: 220

  • Volunteers signed in: 151
  • River Relief Crew: 28
  • Boats13 (4 MRR, 7 Agency, 2 Personal)
  • River Miles Cleaned: 10 (mm 138 - 148)
  • River Stage: 615-ft. @ Jefferson City gauge
  • Landfill: 1.79 tons
  • Scrap Metal: 0.15 tons
  • Glass: 0.75 tons
  • Plastic: 0.52 tons
  • Tires: 102 - 1.80 tons

Total Trash Tonnage: 5 tons

Groups Participating: Missouri River Relief Crew, Sustain Mizzou, Lincoln University – Wildlife Club, MANRRS, 1 Mississippi, Missouri Stream Teams 211, 1875, 2811, 2, 678, Master Naturalists, Critter Getters, DWI Court, Columbia Rugby Football Club – Black Sheep, Hickman Biology Club

Fun Team Names: Seven, River Warriors, Dino-mite, Harry Trumans, Tiger Scabs, Trash Picker Uppers, Team Ninja, Rough Water, Riff Raff, Stormy Clouds, Cottonwood, Wood, The Egg Plants, River Raptors, River Rats, Super Cleaners, Lincoln Wildlife Club

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Hulston Family Foundation

Missouri American WaterMid-Missouri Solid Waste Management DistrictMissouri Department of ConservationDepartment of Natural ResourcesRivermiles

Pat Jones

Domino's Pizza of Jefferson City

Patrick and Becky Lynn

Central Bank of Jefferson City

Event Partners

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