Missouri River cleanup to occur Saturday

BOONVILLE — Imagine 756 tons of trash floating down the Missouri River – over 1.5 million pounds.  Not a pretty picture.  Thanks to Missouri River Relief (MRR) – an organization that started out as a small group of concerned citizens and river lovers, more than 20,000 volunteers have helped clean up over 756 tons of trash in the past 14 years from the Missouri River.  Given Boonville's location on the river, much of that trash was captured upstream.  This year alone MRR has facilitated clean-ups capturing over six tons of trash headed our way.
It’s been since 2005 that MRR has hosted an event in Boonville - they have had their hands full cleaning along 811 miles of the nation’s longest river in eight states.  Boonville will be one of the stops along their ambitious Big Muddy Clean Sweep 2014.
Soon, the community will have the wonderful opportunity to embrace its river heritage and contribute to MRRs clean-up efforts on Saturday morning, at the Franklin Island Conservation Area’s boat launch.   For planning purposes, participants are urged to sign up online at www.riverrelief.org for any and all cleanups.  They’re free. They’re fun.  And the river needs you.  As a thank you for your participation, participants will receive a free t-shirt, lunch and boat ride on the Big Muddy. Work gloves, trash bags, water and camaraderie will be provided.
After the clean-up, the Boonville River Festival will be held at the Isle of Capri parking lot.  Join organizers and participants for Boonville’s first Environmental Fair. More than 20 educational booths, a huge kid activities area, a Missouri River inspired youth art display, a trash contest where individuals can compete with “treasures” they find that morning, and we will groove to the tunes of a wonderful musical line-up  from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are advised.