The Black River

Record high waters in the Black River Watershed drove waters up and over the emergency spillway scouring out an enormous canyon-like ditch exposing a pre-regulation historical trash pit. The League of Watershed Guardians (LoWG) will be working alongside the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to eradicate this massive amount of trash that has unfurled across many river miles,

Over the spillway and through the woods after the trash we go!

Help us magically transform the Lower Black River back to the way it should be! Formal black attire suggested but not required.

Join us 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14 and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15 to clean up this section of the Black River.

Free camping will be offered Thursday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 17, and a volunteer appreciation dinner is planned for the evening of Saturday, October 14.

This spring, floodwaters over-topped Clearwater Dam and scoured a 50-70 foot deep gorge through a pre-regulation landfill in the floodplain releasing trash into the Black River. The majority of all dated trash picked up by this massive force of water ranges from the early 1970s to early 1980s. The trash deposition zone starts at water’s edge downstream for five miles.


Getting there:
From Piedmont, MO, follow State Highway HH for 6 miles
Campground will be located just below Clearwater Lake Dam
Follow signs into campground
GPS information (Latitude, Longitude): 37.13361, -90.76694 37°8’1″N, 90°46’1″W (Facebook will not allow GPS coordinates, or the location of River Road Parkk for event location map. The location shown is just east of the park).
Directions to the main sign-in area for Saturday and Sunday morning will be at the parking lot below the dam near the boat ramp.

***Help us w/ a food count & register here: ***

Contact Doug at 316-200-0684 or Brian at 314-606-0755 for more information.

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