Missouri River Relief

Today Paul Pepper visits with VALORIE LIVINGSTON, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbia, about the 13th annual 'Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cookoff'! This popular event is the primary fundraiser for the services and programs that benefit over 1,200 kids in our community. At [4:45] JEN DAVIS invites everyone to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival February 11 at The Blue Note in Columbia! See a "diverse array" of short and medium films from around the country and right here locally. Proceeds benefit Missouri River Relief. February 5, 2018

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A couple of decades ago, trash cluttered the banks of the Missouri River.

Tires, alcohol bottles, cigarette butts and plastic interrupted the natural scenery for boaters and proved toxic for wildlife.

But, in recent years, the trash situation has taken a turn for the better. And one mid-Missouri group might have something to do with it.

 


Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator at Missouri River Relief, about this Saturday's river clean-up event in Boonville. Jen tells us why it's so important to keep the Missouri River free from trash and waste, even if you don't live near it! At [4:50] ANN BICKEL, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, highlights a few of her favorite entries in the residents' bill of rights from the now 30 year-old Nursing Home Reform Act. October 16, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEVE SCHNARR, Program Manager, Missouri River Relief, about the 8th annual Race to the Dome! This canoe and kayak adventure for any age and any experience level is a fundraiser for Missouri River Relief, and a great way to experience the Missouri River first-hand. At [4:18] TIFFANY BOHON, MU Health Care, invites all injured youth athletes to a free clinic at the Missouri Orthopedic Institute from 9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. each Friday through October. Watch for details! September 20, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JEN DAVIS, Event Coordinator, Missouri River Relief, about the upcoming 'Wild & Scenic Film Fest', February 12th at The Blue Note in downtown Columbia. Jenn tells us that "this film festival travels to over 100 cities in the United States...but we get to hand-pick the films we want to feature and show the local community." At [4:18] actress SOPHIA ROMERO-COMPAIN and technical director PAYTON OSWALT invite everyone to Hickman High School's production of "Almost, Maine." Sophia says this entertaining show is "something people will be able to relate to." See it this weekend only! January 30, 2017

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On this week's episode of Thinking Out Loud, KBIA's Darren Hellwege talks with a pair of Mid-Missouri musicians. We have in-studio performances from Boonville country singer Tanner Lee and Columbia singer-songwriter Anna Soulstice. Also on this week's program, we have a preview of this Sunday's Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


Today Paul Pepper chats with HEATHER CARVER, Department Chair of MU Theatre, about their upcoming season! It kicks off with the annual Mizzou New Play Series and closes with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. There's something for every theatre fan, so don't miss out! At [4:39] JENNIFER DAVIS and STEVE SCHNARR invite everyone to Missouri River Relief's 'Wild and Scenic Film Festival' fundraiser! It all happens this Sunday on the Stephens College campus in Columbia. Watch for details! February 8, 2016

Missouri River Relief

Missouri River Relief is a Columbia-based non-profit that has made a name for itself using volunteers to clean up trash - lots of trash - along the Big Muddy. Late last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the group an Environmental Education Grant. River relief staff Kristen Schulte and Steve Schnarr discussed plans for the award on a recent episode of Thinking Out Loud.

Beth Lago

Getting messy for a cause.  That's what a couple of hundred or so folks did a couple of months back when they got up early on a Saturday morning and cleaned-up a stretch of the Missouri River near Boonville.

It was one of eight major clean-ups of the Missouri River in 2014 coordinated by the Columbia-based organization Missouri River Relief. 

Missouri River Relief

Some of the volunteers who work with a Columbia organization called Missouri River Relief refer to themselves in a manner that some might find interesting.

"We are kind of a tribe, 30-40 of us.  Crew," said Tim Nigh who is one of the founders of the organization. 

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Have you ever been out on the Missouri River? If so, you know it is big, wide, and muddy. There's also litter in the river. Now, there's a lot less litter thanks to the work of Missouri River Relief. On this week's Thinking Out Loud, Trevor Harris talked with Melanie Cheney about why a cleaner Missouri River matters (Think drinking water.) Also, hear music from Violet Vonder Haar, who will be performing this Saturday's Boonville River Festival.


The geology behind Columbia's water supply

Apr 1, 2014
Gary Grigsby / KBIA News

You've probably read the headlines about the drought in California.  It got me to thinking about what many of us probably take for granted, our water supply.