Environmental group cleans up Missouri River banks

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 2:40 p.m. CDT; updated 6:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — Volunteers with Missouri River Relief will pick up trash from the banks of the Missouri River this weekend. The effort is part of EcoArtFest, an environmental art fair at Cooper's Landing, south of Columbia.

Missouri River Relief is celebrating its 10th year of beautifying the river this fall with a campaign of cleanups from Kansas City to St. Louis. Since its first event in 2001, the group has removed 592 tons of trash from the river's shores, according to the organization's website.


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"Columbia is where Missouri River Relief started 10 years ago," said Steve Schnarr, the group's program manager. "So we wanted to come back and have another series of events in our home stretch."

To volunteer, stop by the Missouri River Relief booth at the art fair on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. or Sunday between noon and 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will be transported by boats to the cleanup site. Boats can carry up to 10 people and will leave approximately every 45 minutes, Schnarr said.

Children who have their own lifejackets should bring them.

The organization’s next mid-Missouri cleanup will be Oct. 1 in Jefferson City. Sign up online to participate.

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