Spring into river cleanups

BrushCreekFlood(7-11-10)_102Shake off the last of your cabin fever while keeping our waterways clean and healthy. Spring is here, and several clean-up dates are scheduled around the region. Pack your sunscreen and bug spray, and lend a hand to the region’s rivers and creeks. (Be sure to dress for the weather in work-appropriate clothes — long pants and sturdy shoes or boots are strongly recommended.)


River Otter Day

  • Date/Location: Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.–noon, Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, Mo., south pavilion.
  • You Bring: A willing spirit.
  • Provided: Gloves, trash bags, rakes, T-shirts and lunch.
  • Clean up along the Riverfront Heritage trail and wetlands ecosystem. For information, contact Vicki Richmond with Healthy Rivers Partnership.


Oil Creek Cleanup

  • Date/Location: March 29, 9–11 a.m., Wallace Park, Belton, Mo.
  • You Bring: A reusable water bottle.
  • Provided: Training, work gloves, trash bags, morning donuts and lunch.
  • Register with South Grand River Watershed Alliance online or call 816/331-0336
  • Park at Community Center, 16400 N. Mullen Road, Belton, Mo., and follow the signs to the registration tent in the park.


Project Blue River Rescue 24

  • Date/Location: April 5, 8 a.m.–noon, Lakeside Nature Center, Kansas City, Mo.
  • You Bring: A reusable water bottle
  • Provided: Coffee and donuts, T-shirts, tools, work gloves, trash bags and lunch.
  • Register online at lakesidenaturecenter.org or by calling 816/513-8960.
  • All ages and abilities welcome. Lakeside Nature Center is located at 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., in Swope Park.


Leavenworth/Weston Missouri River Clean up

  • Date/Location: June 7, 9 a.m.–noon, Riverfront Park, Leavenworth, Kan.
  • You Bring: A willing spirit.
  • Provided:  Boat ride, T-shirt, trash bags, gloves and a reusable water bottle.
  • Register online with Missouri River Relief or call 573/443-0292.
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