Octoberfest Hermann Trash Bash 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Hermann Riverfront Park - Hermann, MO

This was our second time working in Hermann as part of our 2014 Big Muddy Clean Sweep!  A two-month, continuous cleanup voyage on the Missouri River from Brunswick to Hermann in September and October.  Our final Saturday of the sweep was an all day cleanup affair, with a boat leaving every half hour on mini cleanups.   50 Volunteers took time out of a busy October Saturday to help us remove nearly 4 tons of trash from the river!!

Earlier in the week, we conducted two "Days on the River" with area students, to learn about the river, its history, biology and the importance of clean water.  160 students from Owensville and Hermann arrived at the Hermann River Front to learn about watersheds, riparian buffers, wetland management, stream dynamics and the history and culture surrounding the magnificent Missouri River. Due to bad weather and high water, students visited the Historic Hermann Museum,the Deutschheim State Historic Site and watched a video about Missouri River Relief at the First Bank of Hermann instead of getting out on the river. Special thanks to our partnering presenters at the Gasconade County FSA, SWCD, NRCS, MDC, 4H and MU Extension.

Another round of applause to the principals and teachers that helped get their students to the Missouri River! It would not have been possible without you!

Art Auction a Success!

An Art Auction and Mural Unveiling to Benefit Missouri River Relief was held at the McKittrick General Store on Friday, October 17th hosted by Joey Los and The Katy Land Trust. River Murals by artist Billyo O'Donnell were recognized and many local artists up and down the river valley donated art to benefit Missouri River Relief.  For a full list of results and the artists, see our webpage here.

We had a great time in the Katy Trail town of McKittrick. McKittrick mayor Joey Los and McKittrick Farmers Mercantile owner Rich Lauer hosted a group of art and river lovers. Joey led a crew of River Relief chefs and conjured up a remarkable spread of locally sourced and wild foraged snacks. Tin Mill Brewing Company, Hermannhof Winery, Bethlehem Valley Vineyards and St. James Winery supplied coolers full of beverages and The Katy Land Trust supported the event.

For sunset we gathered outside at the McKittrick coal tower, which has been plastered with mural-sized banners of two of Billyo O'Donnell's gorgeous Missouri River paintings. Then we headed inside, for wonderful music by Gloria Attoun and friends - and a really great art auction led by Joey Los and Jeff Barrow.  Over $4,000 was raised in support of the Missouri River Relief's mission to engage people on the Missouri River. 

The 2014 Big Muddy Clean Sweep was a huge success despite many rolling changes, a deep bow of gratitude to all of our Sponsors & partners for helping make our efforts possible.  Thank you!

Trash Tally

Sorted & Recycled:

  • 900 pounds of glass (18 bags at 50 pounds each)
  • 600 pounds of plastic (12 bags at 50 pounds each)
  • 1 pound of aluminum (0.5 bag)
  • 1,300 pounds of scrap metal (mostly from McKittrick)

108 Bags of Trash

  • 34 Tires (2 Truck Tires)
  • 1 Tractor Trailer Inner Tube
  • 5 Truck Headlights
  • 1 Truck Seat
  • 5 Car Headlights
  • 1 Boat Bumper
  • 9 55-Gallon Plastic Barrels (1 full with a putrid liquid)
  • 2 55-Gallon Metal Drums
  • 5 5-gallon Plastic Buckets (1 lid)
  • 3 5-gallon Metal Buckets
  • 2 Tupperware Bins
  • 1 15-gallon Water Tank
  • 2 2-gallon Jugs
  • 2 1-gallon Thermos Jugs
  • 1 Metal Bucket (blue)
  • 3 Feed Buckets
  • 2 Hot Water Heaters
  • 2 Propane Tanks
  • 1 Freon Tank
  • 1 Petrol Tank
  • 1 Compressor
  • 1 Burner
  • 12 Chunks O’ Styrofoam
  • 41 Light Bulbs
  • 1 Refrigerator
  • 1 Refrigerator Defroster
  • 1 Dorm-Size Refrigerator
  • 2 Sets Bedsprings
  • 1 Wire Fish Catch Box
  • 1 4x4 Wooden Post
  • 55 Pieces Scrap Metal
  • 1 Concrete Bolt
  • ? Nuts and Bolts (too numerous to count)
  • 1 Car Jack
  • 2 Plastic Lawn Chairs
  • 1 Couch
  • 2 Televisions
  • 2 Radio Vacuum Tubes
  • 1 Toilet Float
  • 1 Country Mailbox on Post
  • 2 Buoy Sections
  • 1 Wench Ratchet Strap
  • 15’ PVC Pipe
  • 6 Curtain Rods
  • 1 Brown Glass Purex Bleach Bottle
  • 1 Glass Vase (pretty)
  • 1 Metal Camping Dish with Cover
  • 1 Full Can of Beer (unopened, unreported brand)
  • 3 Large Pumpkins (mint condition)
  • 1 Crockpot Innards
  • 15 Brown Glass Medicine Bottles
  • 1 Small Jaw Bone (species unknown)
  • 1 Dead American Coot (headless)
  • 1 Plastic Knife (looks real)
  • 1 Pair Angel Wings
  • 1 Baby Rattle (working)
  • 1 Faux Croc Shoe
  • 1 Flip Flop (black)
  • 1 Alphabet Block (yellow)
  • 1 Bowling Ball (gold)
  • 1 Softball
  • 1 Beach Ball
  • 1 Soccer Ball   
  • 1 Bocce Ball
  • 2 Plastic Balls
  • 1 Rubber Ball
  • 1 Cobbler’s Shoe

Removed from the town of McKittrick:

  • 9 Bags of Trash (mostly bagged up carpet)
  • 9 TVs
  • 2 Computer Monitors
  • 147 Tires w/o Rims (2 Tractor)
  • 1000 lbs of Scrap Metal

Octoberfest Hermann Trash Bash Cleanup Results

Check out the amazing photos on Facebook and Flickr!

Check out our news coverage of the event:

Total Volunteers: 99

  • Volunteers signed in: 49
  • River Relief Crew: 25
  • Boats: 4
  • River Miles Cleaned: 12 (MM92.5 - MM104.5)
  • River Stage: 18.4 ft on Hermann Gauge
  • Landfill: 1.75 tons
  • Scrap Metal: 0.65 tons
  • Recyclables: 0.75 tons
  • Tires: 34 - 0.6 tons

Total Trash Tonnage: 3.75 tons!

Groups Participating: Missouri River Relief Crew, Lighthouse Prep Academy (LEAP), Girl Scout Troop #70846, Stream Team 3419 - The Kabul Waterdogs, Stream Team 211 - The Mighty 211, Peggy Menke Stream Team, Project 123

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

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