Kansas City Missouri River Cleanup 2011

Berkley Riverfront Park - Kansas City, MO
Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Due to flooding and high river levels this year, we based the Kansas City Missouri River Cleanup out of Berkley Park where 20-year cleanup veteran and Kansas City Coordinator, Vicki Richmond made arrangements for volunteer groups to disperse to 11 land-based sites up and down the river.

For normally being a river-based operation, the clean-up was still a huge success and made cleaning up post-flood even better, and more efficient.  257 volunteers showed up on a gorgeous late summer morning, to pick up their pumpkin orange Clean Sweep t-shirts, and sign up for one of the many pre-scouted land-based sites.

With the help of the Kansas City parks crews, designated site leaders and partnering organizations like Friends of the Kaw and Friends of Riverfront park, we were able to team up and put some muscle into knocking out much of the flood damage that the river had left on some of our favorite Kansas City riverfronts in addition to picking up piles of trash carelessly dumped or left behind over time.

Volunteers pose with their trash find- 6-foot letters L and A! Photo by Brian Waldrop.

Working by land actually gave us the opportunity to clean places we had never cleaned before!  Sites included Berkley Park, Riverfront Park, Kaw Point Park, the Choteau Bridge, the Riverfront Heritage Trail, Stillwell and more!  Since there were so many separate sites, we are still working on compiling a tonnage estimate.  But let me tell you, there were some pretty amazing piles of trash by the end of the day!  Check out our full set of photos from this year's Kansas City River Cleanup on our Flickr.

Thank you Kansas City sponsors, partners and volunteers! Photo by Vicki Richmond.
Cleanup Results

Photo album on Flickr

2011 Big Muddy Clean Sweep Results

Total Volunteers: 257

  • River Relief Crew: 15
  • Boats: 0 (all sites were land-based due to flooding)
  • River Miles Cleaned: 2
  • River Stage: Above Flood Stage
  • Landfill: 9 tons
  • Tires: 26

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Briarcliff Development Co.
Burns & McDonnell
Debruce Foundation
EarthShare of Missouri
Faultless Starch
G Kenneth Baum
Jackson County
Kansas City Power & Light
KCMO Water Services
Layne Christensen
MO Dept. of Conservation
Port Authority of Kansas City

Event Partners

Advantage Recycling
Allied Waste
Cosentino’s Price Chopper
Friends of the Kaw
Friends of Kaw Point Park
Friends of Lakeside Nature Center
KC Wildlands
Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
Mid-America Regional Council
MO Dept. of Natural Resources
Missouri Stream Team
North Central Neighbors
Rivermiles, LLC
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Woodruff Sweitzer

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