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Greenway Network Helps Clean Up Cora Island of the Big Muddy NFWR
Midwest Region, April 1, 2011
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Trash Pile Removed from Cora Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Trash Pile Removed from Cora Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Members of the Greenway Network plan for the trash removal at Cora Island Unit of Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Members of the Greenway Network plan for the trash removal at Cora Island Unit of Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

A beautiful spring day highlighted a successful volunteer trash removal on the Cora Island Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  The event occurred on Saturday April 1st, with 22 people volunteering through the Greenway Network removing over 4 tons of trash including over 50 tires at Cora Island alone. 

 

 Cora Island one of several clean up locations coordinated by the Greenway Network in an event called Mission Clean Stream.  Cora Island is located along the Missouri River just north of St. Louis, Missouri and three miles upstream for the confluence with the Mississippi River.  It is one of the Big Muddy’s newest units acquired in 2009.  The Greenway Network is a non-profit grassroots organization collaborating with other environmental organizations fostering environmental stewardship and promoting beneficial conservation projects. 

 

 Refuge Park Ranger Tim Haller pursued the opportunity through a series of conference calls networking with special interest groups in the St. Louis region.  Charlene Waggoner president of the Greenway Network offered to host an event at Cora Island as it is located in St. Charles County in which the Greenway Network serves.  Larry Ruff with the Greenway Network met with Tim Haller at Cora Island three weeks before the event to plan logistics for the day. 

 

The Greenway Network coordinated the event and recruited volunteers for the day.  They provided a continental breakfast, t-shirts, water bottles, and lunch for the volunteers.  The refuge provided a UTV to transport the trash from stashed piles on the refuge to a parking lot where a trash truck from St. Charles County Public Works could pick it up and take it to a proper disposal facility.  The refuge also provided gloves, safety glasses and blue goose recycled grocery bags to help instill the reuse and recycle message.  Tim Haller helped remove trash for the day, drove the UTV, and gave the group an orientation to the refuge.

 

Greg Petroski and Tom Ball of the Greenway Network continued working with Tim Haller after the event to help consolidate the trash for the trash truck and remove the remaining stashed piles of trash located in more remote sections of Cora Island.  The event proved to be extremely successful and the refuge and Greenway Network look forward to further opportunities to work together in St. Louis region.      

 

 


Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov



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