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A clean sweep for Big Muddy
Midwest Region, October 1, 2011
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Two enthusiastic River Relief volunteers stand behind the pile of trash they collected in front of the Missouri State Capital Building.
Two enthusiastic River Relief volunteers stand behind the pile of trash they collected in front of the Missouri State Capital Building. - Photo Credit: Colby Wrasse

To celebrate Missouri River Relief’s (MMR) ten year anniversary, the organization decided to do what it does best – clean up the Missouri River, otherwise known as the Big Muddy. This year MRR raised the bar even higher with an ambitious initiative to clean up over 300 miles of river from Kansas City to St. Charles. The Big Muddy Clean Sweep began Sept. 10 and is scheduled to be complete by Oct. 29. To tackle this monumental task, MRR has employed a large trash barge to haul all the refuge they collect on their way downstream. Some of the core MRR team members are even living on the barge during the Clean Sweep – that’s dedication.

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep hit Jefferson City on October 1, and biologists from the Columbia Fish and WIldlife Conservation Office (FWCO) - Colby Wrasse, Jordan Fox, Brian Peoples and Jeff Muchard - helped by shuttling more than 140 volunteers to cleanup sites and helped pick up mountains' worth of trash from the Missouri River.

During Missouri River Relief’s ten years of operation, the crew has worked with 14,000 volunteers to remove nearly 600 tons of trash. Along the way they have raised awareness of the unique resource that is the Missouri River. Columbia FWCO has a long history of partnering with MRR, helping them to achieve their goals. In the future, we hope to continue assisting MRR with their noble efforts.

 


Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov



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