Big Muddy Clean Sweep

Published: March 20, 2012

Original Presentation- March 20 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

“Big Muddy Clean Sweep” Life on a Trash Barge

by Steve Schnarr of Missouri River Relief

Barge Drawing by Alicia PiggGroup shot after the final piece of trash was loaded onto the trash barge at the Confluence, St. Louis MO

As the keystone event of Missouri River Relief’s 10th anniversary, River Relief embarked on a series of Missouri River clean-ups rolling from town to town on a trash barge. The project was called the Big Muddy Clean Sweep, and was the largest scale cleanup of trash on the Missouri River ever undertaken.

Missouri River Relief program manager Steve Schnarr and other crew members shared some great stories, photos and results on the event. We’ll kick off the presentation with a screening of the 15 minute film that deckhand Jodi Pfefferkorn created about the Big Muddy Clean Sweep.

Working with students, communities, corporations, individual volunteers and partnering organizations, River Relief combined their goals of direct river education with this unique opportunity to remove unprecedented amounts of garbage from a piece of our nation’s longest river.

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Big Muddy Clean Sweep Quick Links

We’ve got some great stuff posted about the Big Muddy Clean Sweep – here a list of links for more info.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport

is hosted by these wonderful partners.

Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.

The Big Muddy Speaker Series is partially funded by the Columbia Ecological Services Field Office (USFWS) and the Mo. Dept. of Conservation.


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