Cleaner Days Ahead for the Missouri River

1 decade 6 months 2 weeks ago March 11, 2006 Mar 11, 2006 Saturday, March 11 2006 Saturday, March 11, 2006 6:39:24 PM CST in News

Cooper's Landing and other places along the Missouri River haven't always been in as good shape as they are right now.

"For years, people looked at the Missouri River as a dump," said Missouri River Relief's Jim Karpowicz.

Dory Colbert didn't think that was right. Colbert started picking up the problem in 2001.

"I think there's nothing more important right now in this time in history than protecting the environment," Colbert said.

So far things are going well for Colbert and the other members of Missouri River Relief.

"There is no visible trash in this section of the river now. So we're just taking that success that we've had here in mid-Missouri and we're expanding it," Karpowicz said.

The group is expanding with the help of a $60,000 federal grant and donations from other corporations.

"It's really all coming together now with government and corporate entities. Everbody's seeing the value of cleaning the Missouri River," Karpowicz said.

Bass Pro Shop donated one of three boats that the program owns. Missouri River Relief says it is always looking for more because the more equipment it has, the more capacity it has to do more cleaning.

And it will clean more than just Missouri. Because Missouri River Relief received the grant, it will be able to clean up in Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa this year. There's about 30 to 40 people in the original group, but on clean up days, hundreds of people show up to help.

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