River Notes

Welcome to our "River Notes" Blog!

This is where we share intimate stories about the river cleanups, education programs, river races and more that Missouri River Relief staff and volunteers make happen. 

This new space was started in August 2021. All of our old blog posts going back to 2007 are still found on our old blogspot site, riverrelief.blogspot.com 

Paddler Safety - Lessons Learned from Cold-water Capsize

Date: 03/28/2022
Lessons learned from a cold water capsize on the Missouri River while training for the MR340.
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The Big Muddy Clean Sweep Trash Tally

Date: 10/25/2021
An insider blog about trash on the Big Muddy Clean Sweep: what we find, why, and what we do with it! Plus, the trash tally!
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The Clean Sweep: "Back-to-Back Cleanups"

Date: 10/11/2021
We hosted 2 cleanups out of Rocheport, a cleanup/education event with Job Point out of Cooper's Landing, then the Clean Sweep comes to an end!
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The Clean Sweep: "Sunset Oasis"

Date: 10/07/2021
17 volunteers arrived to help clean up Boonville's stretch of the river. We camped 6 miles downstream of the boat ramp.
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The Clean Sweep: "Becoming Scavengers"

Date: 09/25/2021
Unfortunately canceling our cleanup in Glasgow, we scout and move 13 miles downstream to Jameson Island, secluded in nature more than ever.
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The Clean Sweep: "Advanced Trash Haulers"

Date: 09/20/2021
The crew cleans up the stretch near the mouth of the Grand River. We had to get creative to haul trash 7 miles to the Brunswick boat ramp with only 1 boat.
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The Clean Sweep: "2 Million Pounds of Trash!!"

Date: 09/16/2021
16 volunteers help clean up Miami’s river stretch. We managed to pull out 43 bags of trash, hitting our 2 millionth pound of trash!
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The Clean Sweep: "Island Life Near Waverly"

Date: 09/02/2021
Our Big Muddy Clean Sweep crew sets up camp on two different islands to remove several tons of trash from the river near Waverly, MO.
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The Clean Sweep: "Trash Bash at Crooked River"

Date: 08/31/2021
11 volunteers arrived at the Lexington boat ramp eager to cleanup. The Clean Sweep crew was surprised by loads of trash right behind camp!
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The Clean Sweep: "So...Many...Straws!"

Date: 08/25/2021
Now camping at Alligator Cove, the crew enjoys off time in the shade, but the amount of trash found had us all a bit overwhelmed.
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