March 10, 2008

Thank You!!!

Mari-Osa Dump Clean-up
March 1-2
Mari-Osa MDC Public Boat Access

text by Steve Schnarr, photos by Jen Courtney and Lindsay Tempinson

This clean-up was a success because of the help of a lot of different folks.

An extra special thanks to Bob Woodward, owner and operator of the Osage Campground and More. He delivered a storage trailer for clean-up headquarters, gave us free ice and water, fixed our 60 horse Mercury and hosted a post clean-up BBQ in his shop. Those are only the things that I am aware of.

Thanks to Skip Jenkins for bouncing out of the hospital right into full host mode. He and Jim Cooper smoked dinner for us all day long in the Osage Navy BBQ.

All the amazing characters of the Osage River Navy for welcoming us to their stretch of the Osage and making the day work.

The 94 volunteers who gave up the most beautiful Saturday and Sunday of the year (so far) to make the Osage a more beautiful and safe place.

Fabick CAT for donating rental of a skid steer (and delivering it!)

Jeff Finley and his parents Mark and Maggie Finley for letting us use (and hopefully not abuse) their beautiful riverside home and boat slips for the crew to stay in the lap of luxury.

Harold from Galamba Metals for staying late to deliver two more scrap dumpsters.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Doyle Childers for stopping by on his way home from State Parks’ opening trout day to work the ramp all afternoon. He’s been doing clean-ups since the 70’s, and he keeps coming out to make it happen.

Missouri Stream Team for bags, t-shirts, support, and sending a couple of your most valuable players out to help. Also to Missouri River Communities Network and their Americorps Stream Team Assistant Project.

Jarad Mulligan of the Dept. of Conservation for bringing his sampling boat to haul trash.

Rural Missouri, KOMU Channel 8, the Jefferson City News Tribune and the Linn Unterrified Democrat for showing the public what these volunteers did.

Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District, for always supporting us in the area and purchasing our latest boat, trailer, motor and a slew of useful tools.

Hy-Vee and Gerbes of Columbia for donating food.

Westlakes and Home Depot of Columbia for donating tools.

Pat Jones for supporting these local projects.

Jim Salmons for hauling off our mangled and muddy tires. Allied Waste for bringing our landfill dumpster.

All of our sponsors for making this machine run.

And, especially, the Missouri River Relief volunteer crew, who invented this crazy project and make it work year after year, rivermile after rivermile, ton after ton, refrigerator after refrigerator. And for making it fun!

The Saturday Afternoon Clean-up Crew!

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