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River Relief’s 10th Anniversary

Posted in: Inspiring Teams, News, Splashing Events- Jan 29, 2011 No Comments

By: Jeff Barrow, Director of Missouri River Relief
In 2001, a group of people in mid-Missouri organized the first massive cleanup of trash from the shores of the Missouri River with Chad Pregracke’s garbage barge and the help of the Missouri Department of Conservation. This successful event sparked the formation of Missouri River Relief, a not-for-profit organization created to continue this clean water crusade. In the past decade, River Relief has cleaned more than 1,000,000 pounds of trash from river shores.

Now, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, River Relief plans to bring back the barge in 2011 for a colossal clean sweep of trash from Kansas City to the confluence near St. Louis. In September and October, the barge will stop in river towns along the way for community cleanups and educational events.

The Big Muddy Clean Sweep also will be a chance to celebrate 10 years of success with parties, barge tours and boat rides.   And as the flotilla moves downstream, River Relief will be inviting friends and allies to create a river-action network that will build momentum for improving the river in decades to come.

River Relief invites you to join the Big Muddy Clean Sweep to make a lasting and visible difference in your community!  For more information, check the website at