advertisement

Missouri River Communities Network cancels Canoe for Clean Water

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 7:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:24 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Canoe for Clean Water event has been postponed because of high flood levels.

The Missouri River Communities Network, which organized the event, made the decision after the Coast Guard suggested it be canceled. The Canoe for Clean Water event consists of a race, a float trip and a festival.

The area at Katfish Katy's Campground, where the festival stage would have been placed, is underwater, said Sarah Pennington, the event's coordinator. Instead, the Missouri River Communities Network will hold presentations Saturday about flooding.

"We thought we should embrace what is happening and give the public a safe place to come see the flooded river and learn about the ecology of it," Pennington said.

The educational presentations are tentatively scheduled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Katfish Katy's boat ramp, she said. Topics will include flooding, river ecology and trash.

Steve Schnarr, a manager for Missouri River Relief, will discuss his experience with trash on the Missouri River. He said he was impressed by the Canoe for Clean Water planners' quick reaction to the flood.

"People love to come down to the river and watch it when it's flooding," Schnarr said. "It's an amazing phenomenon. Adding an educational component about what they're looking at is kind of brilliant."

Pennington said the planners would have trouble finding open dates because a lot of other canoe races take place during the rest of the summer. Organizers hope to reschedule the event for the fall.

Pennington said she was optimistic about holding a race in October.

"It's a great month to be on the river," Pennington said. "You get the beautiful fall colors, and the weather shouldn't be a hundred degrees."

Go to moriver.org to find out more about the educational event and to get updates about the race, float and festival.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements