Great Mississippi River Cleanup

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In 2010, the Great Mississippi River Cleanup (GMRC) was initiated by Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) to inspire communities to host an annual cleanup event. After four very successful years cleaning up primarily the Upper Mississippi River, we expanded our cleanup efforts to the full length of the river! From the Headwaters in Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana, volunteers participate by cleaning up the Mighty Mississippi and taking action that produces results, not rhetoric! To date, we’ve worked with 105 sites, and with the help of over 8,000 volunteers removed 513,782 lbs of debris from Mississippi River!

Check out our GMRC totals on the right hand column!

How does the GMRC work?

The GMRC is our way to support cleanups that we can’t actually be at! We work with families, groups, and businesses all up and down the Mississippi to plan cleanups. We provide guidance and supplies. We have opportunities to volunteer, as well as a information about starting your own site on this page.


Why is the GMRC Important?


Beyond being aesthetically unappealing, the debris collected from our rivers impairs fish & wildlife habitat, has a toxic effect on water quality, and can truly make the river unfit for recreation. Getting the public involved instills a sense of community, while allowing all those involved to confront these issues head on.

The goal of this event is to empower each community with the skills and leadership to be able to host their own cleanups independently of LL&W, not only making our efforts more sustainable, but also vastly increasing their breadth.


How can I volunteer?


Our list of participating communities is continuously growing up and down the Mississippi River! To find a community site near you, click here, or if you are interested in starting your own site click here

Meghan Elgan
Phone: 309.236.6279
Email: Meghan@livinglandsandwaters.org


Who should I contact for more information?

Meghan Elgan
Phone: 309.236.6279
Email: Meghan@livinglandsandwaters.org