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Missouri River Relief

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Sports & Recreation


PO BOX 463COLUMBIA, MO 65205 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Missouri River Relief is a community & equipment based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education events & stewardship activities. We host an average of 4 clean-ups per year. We host educational programs such as Missouri River Days every year for all of the fourth grade classes in the Columbia Public School District, Mornings on the River for 0-5 year olds and many more. We host Missouri River races such as the famous MR340 and Race to the Dome. We host Big Muddy Boat Rides to get people out on the Missouri River. We host the Big Muddy Speakers Series, promoting the history, science and adventure of the Missouri River, and so much more. There is something for everyone's interests. Groups, individuals, and all ages & abilities are welcome! Sign up for any and all events, they're free, they're fun and the river needs you! Sign-up at


In twenty two years, Missouri River Relief has amassed an outstanding record: Cleaning over a million pounds of trash from the Missouri river shores and islands, conducting educational activities for over 30,874 students & teachers, and taking over 29,799 people out on the river to work for a better river environment.
Engaging 24 communities along the Missouri River to protect our drinking water, to ensure that the stewardship of the Missouri River remains strong, to protect and preserve this precious resource for future generations.

As we go along the river, we'll look for key individuals and groups to help create a community of Missouri River Action Teams (MoRATs) up & down the river to take action and help work for the health and beauty of the river for decades to come.

"A river that once had almost no friends now has a growing host of passionate protectors, thanks to Missouri River Relief" -Jim Low, writer, Missouri Department of Conservation


Would you recommend Missouri River Relief?
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by Barney C. (Administrator for this Organization) (October 19, 2022)
Missouri River Relief has something for everyone. Missouri River Relief’s mission is to engage individuals and communities along the Missouri River in the exploration, enjoyment, restoration and care of the river through hands-on river cleanups, education programs and recreation. - Education programs for children and adults, the MR340 Missouri river race, the Big Muddy speakers Series, trash clean-ups from Omaha, Nebraska to St. Louis, Missouri, Big Muddy Boat Rides and more. This is a very welcoming group for people of all ages and abilities. I highly recommend volunteering with them. Check out their website at or their Facebook page at - See you on the Missouri River!
by Jennifer D. (March 12, 2014)
Missouri River Relief makes cleaning up fun! Whether collecting trash and recyclables on a river bank via a free boat ride on the Missouri River, taking part in captivating films during the Wild and Scenic Film Festival or beautifying a rural gravel road by ridding it of unsightly trash, volunteering with Missouri River Relief is always a blast. The camaraderie, the sharing of passion for the "Big Muddy", and just plain feeling good about making a difference while working with great people is priceless. If you haven't experienced the amazing work of Missouri River Relief, don't walk but run to sign up for their next event!

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