Siouxland Missouri River Cleanup 2010

Chris Larson Park Boat Access - Sioux City, IA
Saturday, June 12th, 2010

For the third year in a row, we joined the "Sioux Crew" in Sioux City, IA to clean-up the first channelized stretch of the lower Missouri River.  Summer had brought on the heat, and every night, a raging thunderstorm would pop up as we slept inside our little tents & cabins, there was strobe-like lightning, thunderous crashes, driving wind, and inches upon inches of rain!

But that did not hinder this group's clean-up efforts!  The weather proved to be cool & cloudy during the day, and we had a great time combing the banks for trash in this popular boating and fishing town.  Despite a lack in volunteers showing up in great numbers on Saturday as we'd expected, the results nevertheless were impressive!

The boat ramp scene! Photo by Melanie Cheney.

A special thanks to Sally Reinert with Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful for taking the lead on helping coordinate this awesome event and feeding the River Relief Crew all weekend!  Also, to Cargill Inc. business units Grain and oilseed supply chain and Dressing, Sauces, and Oils who supported the clean-up effort. Cargill not only provided much-needed funding to make this event possible, but also brought a sizable group of volunteers to provide muscle as well.  They filled an entire plate boat full of trash!!!  The River Relief Crew also very much appreciates the wonderful accommodations from the friendly folks at the Scenic Park Campground and the three ultra-modern "eco" cabins that were provided for us on the riverfront.  A great time was had by all, and we look forward to Siouxland keeping this 3-year tradition alive and rolling along in the future!

Which way?? Photo by Vicki Richmond.

Trash Tally:

61 large blue Bags of Trash       
12 Tires                                       
1 Mag Wheel Rim                        
1 Tricycle
1 kids Bicycle                              
1 Chunk O’ Styrofoam
2 Coolers
2- five-gallon Plastic Buckets      
2- 55-gallon Metal Drums            
2- 55-gallon Plastic Barrels          
1 TV exterior w/ a VCR Player      
1 Range Top
1 Pressurized Water Tank             
1 Bedframe                                    
1 flowery upholstered Couch w/ cording                
2 metal Folding Chairs                   
1 Headboard “Doubloon” brand
1 Truck Bedliner                            
1 Truck Camper Top                    
2 Gas Tanks                                    
1 Toyota Axle w/ Wheels               
2 License Plates
2 Batteries                                      
1 Drive Shaft
1 Windshield Wiper                        
2 Bumpers                                       
1 Car Grill                                        
2 soggy pieces of Carpet                 
1 Tarp
3 heavy Wire Coils                        
2 flats of Corrugated Tin                 
25 feet of Cable Wire                     
1 Lantern
1 Step Ladder                                 
1 Hedge Trimmer
1 large plastic Laundry Basket
1 Ammunition Box
2 Baby Walkers
1 Crystal Vase                                
1 Bed Rail
4 Barrel Bands
3 Metal Strips                                  
4 Metal Poles
1 Flag Pole Stand
Over 1,000 lbs of Cable Wire          
6ft Blade                                         
5 hunks of assorted Metal               
1 Christmas Light Bulb

Siouxland Cleanup Results

Photo album on Flickr

River Notes Blog


Total Volunteers: 80

  • River Relief Crew: 15
  • Boats: 7 (4 Missouri River Relief, 2 Nebraska Game and Parks, 1 Iowa DNR)
  • River Miles Cleaned: (MM 8 – MM 0 and 3 miles downstream on the Mississippi)
  • River Stage: 19.5-ft. @ Sioux City gauge
  • Tires: 12

Total Trash Tonnage: 2.4 tons

Groups Participating: Cargill Inc. - GOSCNA and DSO, Sergeant Floyd Museum, Izaak Walton League, City of South Sioux City, NE, South Dakota Canoe & Kayak Association, Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful, South Sioux City Convention and Tourism, SSC Public Library, Coast Guard Auxiliary, City of Sioux City, IA,  American Water, Watchful Eye, Missouri River Boat Club, Meisner Management, and the Scenic Park Campground

Fun Team Names: Cargill 1.0, No Name Beaver, Big Reds, Big 10 Huskers, Mud Sharks, Trash Haulers

Major Event Sponsor

Cargill Inc. - GOSCNA and DSO

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors and Partners:

American Water
Argosy Casino of Sioux City
Avery Bros.
Betty Strong Encounter Center
City of Sioux City, IA
City of South Sioux City, NE
Dakota County 4-H
Fareway Grocery
Lindblom Enterprises
LP Gill Hauling & Landfill
Iowa Army National Guard
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
Izaak Walton League
Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Northeast Nebraska Beautiful
Marina Inn
Mlr-Tym Marina
Missouri River Historical Development
National Park Service
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
Sgt. Floyd Welcome Center
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
South Sioux City Conventiona & Visitors Bureau
State Steel
US Army Corps of Engineers

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