Missouri River Relief is a grassroots, volunteer and equipment-based organization dedicated to reconnecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education programs and recreation.
The organization emerged organically from a group of people in mid-Missouri who simultaneously recognized the need for engaged stewardship of the Missouri River and the desire of citizens to take part in watershed solutions.
Inspired by a video of Chad Pregracke’s Living Lands and Waters barge clean-up crew, this group of Missouri River lovers put together a coalition of public, private and citizen stewards that brought the barge up the river, holding the first massive Missouri River clean-up at Easley, MO, in 2001.
Since that time, the organization has grown each year. To date, MRR has hosted 184 Missouri River clean-ups, bringing 27,865 volunteers to clean 940 tons of trash from 1300 miles of the river. We have participated in and hosted clean-ups in six states, from St. Louis to Yankton, S.D. We have also worked with over 26,000 teachers and students.
For more information, visit their site at www.riverrelief.org