The Niangua River cleanup has an inspiring backstory, and this year’s event near Bennett Spring State Park really followed through on nearly ten years of service. Organizer Carl Romesburg shared the community effort’s stats:
- We had more than 180 registered volunteers, not counting the bus drivers, canoe loaders, cooks, food servers and of course the folks who work so hard to organize this event.
- We had more than 80 businesses in Laclede, Dallas and Camden counties donate everything from food to prizes.
- We have 6 outfitters who donate the buses, canoes and their time to support the cleanup:
- We picked up about 3 huge truckloads of trash.
This picture only shows a small amount of the volunteers. Most were still out on the river.