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. 

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.


Hartsburg Missouri River Cleanup 2018

October 20, 2018

It has been five years since Missouri River Relief has visited the beautiful town of Hartsburg, MO for a large-scale community-based clean-up. We were so glad to be back in […]


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.


Osage and Missouri River Cleanup 2018

June 2, 2018

This was our first time cleaning up the confluence of the Osage and Missouri Rivers since 2008. Our crew member Soda Popp hosted the clean-up crew camp at his home, […]


Kansas City Missouri River Cleanup 2018

May 12, 2018

We had a beautiful spring day in Kansas City cleaning up the river with 115 fantastic volunteers. Kansas City is the largest city centered on the Missouri River and has a growing […]


Boonville Missouri River Cleanup 2017

October 21, 2017

A wonderful group of community members, students, families, stream teamers, and river lovers of all ages turned out to clean-up the Missouri River at Boonville on a lovely day in […]


St. Charles Missouri River Cleanup 2017

September 16, 2017

A Big Muddy thanks to the 309 volunteers who turned out to clean-up the Missouri River on Sept. 16, 2017!  Nearly 5 tons of trash were removed from our river […]


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 & River Cleanup 2017

April 8, 2017

Washington, Mo. is one of the most river-centric towns on the Lower Missouri River. The beautiful park overlooking the river is the ideal place to hold, not just a community […]


Jefferson City Missouri River Cleanup 2016

September 10, 2016

A huge, Big Muddy thanks to the 220 volunteers that spent a GORGEOUS Saturday morning helping to clean-up the Missouri River in Jeff City! After three nights of heavy rains, […]


Big River Cleanup at the Confluence 2016

May 14, 2016

A fantastic day on the Missouri River cleaning up 5 TONS of trash with 184 new and old friends. Thank you to everyone that participated! This clean-up was originally planned […]


New Haven Missouri River Cleanup 2016

April 16, 2016

A beautiful weekend with wonderful people cleaning up one of our favorite stretches of river. This was our first time hosting a cleanup in New Haven, and we are all […]


Confluence Trash Bash 2016

March 19, 2016

The Confluence Trash Bash is an amazing event involving hundreds of volunteers across North St. Louis cleaning up streams, rivers and lakes in their neighborhoods. It's hosted by Greenway Network with a […]


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