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2010 was big and muddy!

Siouxland Trash Haul

2010 was big in a lot of ways. Big water for one thing.

Flooding throughout the basin rearranged our schedule a bit, but that didn't stop River Relief volunteers from gettin' it done.

2,115 volunteers removed 55 tons of junk from the banks of 79 miles of river!

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Dec. 14 Big Muddy Speaker Series

"Taming the Wild Muddy
A History of Change on the Missouri River"

Presented by author and historian Jim Denny

7:00 p.m. - Tues. December 14, 2010
lower floor of the
Les Bourgeois Vineyards Bistro
in Rocheport, MO
(directions below)
Presentation is FREE!

As America explored, settled and learned to live with the Missouri River, it also forever changed the nature of this wild, western river. Author Jim Denny uses historical journals of early river travellers, including Lewis and Clark, to conjure up the essence of the natural Missouri River.

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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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