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Big Muddy Sessions: "Natural Gems along the Big Muddy"

- Missouri Natural Areas along the River's Valley -

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12

presented by Mike Leahy, Mo. Dept. of Conservation Natural Areas Coordinator

Change of venue: Due to the snow, the presentation has been changed to the Richard Schoettger Conference Building at the Columbia Environmental Research Center at 4200 New Haven Rd. in Columbia, MO (directions below)

Missouri River Relief, Friends of Big Muddy and Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge are proud to announce that our January 12 educational program will feature MDC Natural Areas Coordinator Mike Leahy discussing the designated Natural Areas in Missouri River blufflands and floodplain from Hamburg Bend to the Confluence.

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"The Next 340 Miles of Your Life"

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. RagTag Cinema, Columbia, MO

World Premiere of a documentary about the 2009 MR340 - ONLY 3 bucks!

80 minutes, filmed and produced by Jodi Pfefferkorn, Flaming Fiddle Productions

Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip...

Take a break from the chilly winter and relive the 2009 fourth annual Missouri River 340, the world's longest continuous river race.  Filmed with one camera, this film documents the race as seen through the eyes of the racers as they challenge the river and themselves paddling from Kansas City to St. Charles.

The film will be followed by a forum with race organizers, the film producer and veteran racers. If you are thinking about throwing your paddle in the river for 2010, this is a great chance to get a peek at the course and ask questions from the pros.

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Big River Clean-up Manual

Missouri River Relief is proud to release our Big River Clean-up Manual, a collaborative effort to put down the lessons we've learned about organizing river clean-ups to share with others.

The project was supported by a grant from the National Park Service in cooperation with the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Click here for more info on the manual»

Click here to download a pdf version of the manual (5.8 MB).

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KC mayor honors MRR

Kansas City, MO, Mayor Mark Funkhouser came to our Oct. 3 Kansas City Clean-up expecting to help out for an hour or so. He was surprised instead to see hundreds of people boarding boats to clean up along this urban stretch of river. So he hopped on a MDC boat as well, and was impressed by what he saw.

So on Nov. 5, he presented a resolution to the KC City Council for approval, officially welcoming Missouri River Relief to Kansas City.

What an honor!

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MRR honors MDC Stream Unit

At our River Camp Sandbar Banquet on September 17, MRR board president David Richter presented the Missouri Dept. of Conservation Stream Unit with our "Troy Gordon Memorial Partner of the Year Award" for their support of our program since we began in 2001. The Stream Unit is one of the main partners in the Missouri Stream Team program, which also includes the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources.

The Missouri Stream Team program just celebrated its 20th Anniversary, and now has more than 4,000 grassroots Stream Teams across the state. Missouri River Relief is proud to be Stream Team #1875. Our adopted "stream" is the Missouri River!

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