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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 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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Don’t miss these November events!

Nov. 12–13: Installation and Maintenance of Stormwater Treatment Best Management Practices.

Water Quality LogoThis two-day workshop will demystify the most common components of stormwater treatment best management practices (BMPs). Learn from area experts who have experience designing, installing and maintaining the vegetative components of stormwater treatment BMPs.

The workshop is geared toward landscapers, subcontractors and general contractors currently working with stormwater treatment BMPs or those who would like to gain experience with these systems. Sessions will focus primarily on the most commonly installed practices in the metro area at this time — bioretention, rain gardens and native landscaping.

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Nov. 19:  Natural Resource Inventory

Be the first to experience new cutting-edge, high-resolution, land-cover data and explore the possibilities.

Local communities across the nation are including natural resource considerations into their planning processes. MARC has assembled the base data essential to integrated environmental planning. This workshop will provide the opportunity to see what new data is available, and how that information may be applied in a variety of contexts to achieve community goals like conserving natural areas, protecting air and water quality, and reducing urban heat islands.

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