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Vicki Richmond honored with international Clearwater Award

We couldn’t be more proud! Our Middle Reach Manager, Vicki Richmond, was awarded the international Clearwater Award on Friday, November 5 at the Urban Waterfronts 2010 Conference in Baltimore, MD. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in projects that engage the public in awareness and restoration of urban water resources.

Vicki has been working with Missouri River Relief since 2004, organizing and partnering on clean-ups in Kansas City; Atchison, KS; Omaha, NE; Sioux City, IA and Yankton, SD. Her organizing skills and dedication to her work has attracted the help of many friends and allies along the way, and she’s helped developed local MRR “crews” in Kansas City and Sioux City.

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Nov. 9 Big Muddy Session

"Life in a Missouri River Chute"

7:00 p.m. - Tues. Nov. 9, 2010
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO

presented by USFWS Biologist Andy Starostka

As part of the Missouri River Recovery Project, the US Army Corps of Engineers is building new islands, chutes and shallow water habitat along the Missouri River.

US Fish and Wildlife biologist Andy Starostka will be reporting on what science tells us is working and what lessons are being learned.

Join us as we fire up our popular Big Muddy Sessions speaker series again in partnership with Friends of Big Muddy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Big Muddy NFWR and Les Bourgeois Winery.

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Vicki Richmond honored by Kansas City Mayor

On October 21, 2010, our Upper Reach Manager Vicki Richmond was honored by KC Mayor Mark Funkhouser for her years of service on water issues. In addition to being a crucial part of the Missouri River Relief backbone since 2004, she's worked on water quality issues in the Kansas City area for many years.

The mayor's proclamation highlighted the fact that Vicki will be awarded the international "Clearwater Award" for grassroots citizen efforts in cleaning up and promoting urban waterfronts.

Congratulations Vicki!

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Jensen Race Canoe Auction to Benefit MRR

Following this year's Missouri River 340 race, our dedicated sponsor Missouri American Water donated two tandem Jensen race canoes to River Relief.

The first of these is being auctioned on the Rivermiles forum. To take part, you will need to create an identity on the forum, then bid away! Here's the link to the auction thread»

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Big Muddy Forum - Oct. 6

"Beyond Catfish: the Diversity of Missouri River Fish"

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Power Valley Conservation Nature Center, Kirkwood, MO

Presentation by Andy Starostka, USFWS Biologist, at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Friends of Big Muddy and MDC

We all know about catfish and sturgeon, but can you name any other Missouri River fish? Few people know the denizens of the Big Muddy deep as well as the biologists at the USFWS Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. Biologist Andy Starostka has been studying Missouri River fish for years, and this time he'll give a window into the many fish species that never make the headlines. From minnows to paddlefish, it's a dizzying diversity - and he'll even bring some live specimens for you to see!

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