Missouri River Relief Celebrates 10 Years

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JEFFERSON CITY- Wednesday evening Missouri River Relief volunteers kicked off the 10 year anniversary of the state's river cleanup.   They celebrated at Cooper's Landing with food, drinks, live music, barge tours  and a bonfire.

The Missouri River Relief's Jefferson City river clean-up will be on October 1st.  The clean-up is a part of the "Big Muddy Clean Sweep," which is a Missouri River clean-up by barge.  Missouri River Relief volunteer, Joe Wilson, said with all of this year's flooding, there's going to be a lot of cleaning to do.  "Well the water was up for, I guess, a couple of months, right in the five foot range, so when the river gets back up in these tributaries where people have their refrigerators, tires and everything else, and logs, it brings it all out," said Wilson. 

To help out, you can register with Missouri River Relief.  The clean-up starts at 8:30 a.m. with a safety course.  Wilson said Missouri River Relief will provide people with life vests, a shirt and pair of gloves for volunteers.  He said volunteers will travel by boat in the river along banks to pick up trash.

Following the clean-up is the "Race to the Dome," which is a canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River with two race courses traveling from Providence to Jefferson City and Hartsburg to Jefferson City.  All proceeds from the event go to the Missouri River Relief.  To register for the race, click here.