Past Cleanups

Here is where you can find information on almost every Missouri River Cleanup we have completed. 

We will be adding more past cleanups soon. Please be patient as we migrate our old webpages to our new site. If you have questions about a specific cleanup we have conducted, don't hesitate to contact us for more information. 

Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2021

October 16 @ 11:59 pm

Working with members of the river communities that we visited, a total of 11 cleanups were organized throughout the project. 343 volunteers managed to pull out 847 bags of trash, along with 382 tires of various sizes! The tonnage for the whole Big Muddy Clean Sweep project ended up totaling 23.6 TONS of trash!


Kansas City Cleanup 2021

August 21 @ 9:00 am

We are kicking off our Big Muddy Clean Sweep with a large Missouri River Cleanup out of Riverfront Park in Kansas City on August 21, 2021! Grab some friends and join us.


Flat Branch Trash Mob 2021

June 5 @ 9:00 am

Join us for our first official Trash Mob of the year! We will be cleaning up Flat Branch Creek on Saturday, June 5th, and meeting at the University Village Parking Lot.


Omaha/Council Bluffs Missouri River Cleanup 2021

May 21 @ 9:00 am

Missouri River Relief is officially returning to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area to host a series of on-the-water Missouri River cleanups, engaging families and civic groups in stewardship along the banks. This series of cleanups will take place on May 21 - 23, 2021 on the Missouri River along the Omaha and Council Bluffs stretch.


Cooper's Landing Missouri River Cleanup 2020

October 24, 2020

Being able to do a clean-up on our home stretch of river brings us so much joy. Through sun, wind, rain, and cold, 99 dedicated volunteers and crew cleaned up along a 14 mile stretch of river near Cooper’s Landing over the course of 3 days, removing 5.5 tons of trash including 56 tires. Each day brought new trash treasures, tires and boatloads of bags to be sorted for recycling. Our volunteer crew spent 5 chilly days with us as we set up camp, scouted the river for trash, cleaned the river, and picked up camp at the end.


St. Charles Missouri River Cleanup 2020

September 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am

This was Missouri River Relief’s first clean-up with volunteers since the pandemic started and things certainly looked a bit different. Historically, our clean-ups in the St. Louis area draw more than 200 volunteers, all eager to hop onto boats and clean the banks of this beautiful river. Instead, over the course of 3 days, 53 volunteers collected over 166 bags of trash, 58 tires and 1.4 tons of scrap metal, totaling 5.4 TONS of trash removed from the river.


Kansas City Missouri River Cleanup 2020

April 18, 2020

Due to COVID-19, this cleanup program was canceled. We are so grateful to the sponsors who have decided to continue their support by converting their event sponsorships to general operating […]


Jefferson City Missouri River Cleanup 2019

October 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am

A roaring fire, bowls of chili, live music, muddy volunteers and lots and lots of Styrofoam were just a few of the sights around the beautiful Wilson’s Serenity Point during our Jefferson City Missouri River Clean-up on Saturday. Our volunteers removed 4.9 tons of trash from the banks of the Missouri River which included 41 tires and a staggering 176 large chunks of Styrofoam.


Weldon Spring Missouri River Cleanup 2019

September 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Doing a Missouri River Clean-up out of a new location can be difficult, but it gave us a wonderful opportunity to make new connections, see new places and clean up stretches of the river that we have never been able to before. 196 volunteers helped remove 4.3 tons of trash from the Missouri River.


Fort Osage Missouri River Cleanup 2019

May 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am

We would be lying if we said that we weren’t a little disappointed that the weather stopped us from accomplishing the goal that we had set out to achieve. In between rain showers, we were able to remove around 1.5 tons of trash from the river.


Washington River Festival and Missouri River Cleanup 2019

April 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am

From fabulous weather to being able to experience the demolition of Washington’s iconic bridge by river, we are so thankful that the stars aligned to create the best river festival and clean-up yet. Together, we removed 5.5 tons of trash from the banks of the Missouri River, half of which we were able to recycle.


Hartsburg Missouri River Cleanup 2018

October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am

After just a couple of hours, volunteers collected 143 big bags of trash and removed 38 tires from the banks of the river, totaling 3.31 tons! Thank you so much to our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and crew for helping us put on this amazing event. This clean-up was such a great way to end our clean-up season and we are already looking forward to the next one.


Great Rivers Cleanup at the Confluence 2018

September 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Missouri River Relief really left their mark on Columbia Bottom Conservation Area this time around. The staff and crew were camped for a total of 4 nights and 5 days while we hosted groups, schools, organizations, and dedicated individuals and families for stewardship and education along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Even though we had higher than usual water levels to deal with, our huge group of 181 dedicated volunteers tackled the banks of the two rivers and searched high and low for trash that followed the high waters from 2015 and 2017.


Omaha/Council Bluffs Missouri River Cleanup 2017

May 20, 2017 @ 9:00 am

On Saturday 179 amazing volunteers arrived at the downtown Omaha riverfront to clean up the big muddy! With their help, we removed 6.2 tons of trash from the Missouri River on a single day.


Washington River Festival & Cleanup 2015

April 18, 2015 @ 9:00 am

This was our fifth year to host the Washington River Festival and Missouri River Cleanup, and it was the best yet! The River Festival was hosted by organizer and musician Gloria Attoun Bauermeister along with a huge list of festival committee members, partners and volunteers.
There was a river cleanup and activities all day long.


Octoberfest Hermann Trash Bash 2014

October 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am

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 & October. Our final Saturday of the sweep was an all day cleanup affair, with a boat leaving every 1/2 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!!


Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2011

September 10, 2011 @ 9:00 am

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was a success! Thanks to everyone that made it happen, from our generous sponsors and partners to many volunteers to hardworking crew! The Big Muddy Clean Sweep was the keystone event of our 10th year cleaning up the Missouri River. We chartered a barge to stop in communities along the river for clean-ups, river education and celebration!


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