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Volunteers Wanted For Missouri River Clean-Up

Volunteers Wanted For Missouri River Clean-Up

By Julie Hawkins. CREATED Sep 6, 2013

Omaha/Council Bluffs - Wanted: Volunteers to get their hands dirty this weekend!

On Saturday, Missouri River Relief is hosting a river clean-up on the Missouri River in downtown Omaha, with the help of volunteers from the community.

The clean-up runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. 

You will begin boarding from the docks at the Riverfront Marina at Lewis & Clark Landing.

Then you will be shuttled to pre-scouted locations along the river bank to pick up tons of trash.  

This is the 5th year for the event. 

Volunteers will be supplied with gloves, trash bags, lifepreservers and their own reusable water bottle.  

Each volunteer will also get a River Relief t-shirt and lunch.  

Please wear appropriate work clothes (expect to get muddy), rugged mud boots or tennis shoes (no flip-flops!).  Long pants are suggested, as there can be poison ivy and thick brush on the riverbanks.  Sunglasses, bug spray and sunscreen are also suggested. 

After cleaning up their stretch of river, volunteers will meet back at Lewis & Clark Landing where they'll be served a complementary lunch from Sam & Louie's New York Style Pizza and Hy-Vee.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to submit their favorite "trash treasures" in a trash contest with prizes including books on the Missouri River and more.

Missouri River Relief has made a visible and lasting difference in more than 20 river communities, bringing together nearly 18,000 volunteers to haul more than 1 million pounds of trash from 863 miles of river.