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Volunteers to clean up Missouri River

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A volunteer-based environmental group will celebrate Earth Day Saturday by cleaning up the Missouri River.

Missouri River Relief will pick up debris between St. Charles and Bridgeton.

In 2004, the group helped launch the largest cleanup effort ever seen on the river in advance of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Bicentennial.

Executive director Jim Karpowicz says over the last five years, they've virtually eliminated trash between Boonville and Jefferson City:

"If we can just keep building our coalitions and get volunteers, we can have chapters in different communities along the river that will continue this effort," Karpowicz said. "I would say with 10 years of concentrated effort, we could solve the solid waste problem on the Missouri River."

This year, the group is focusing on three riverfront parks created as part of the area's new River Ring initiative.

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