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 more than 8,000 volunteers, removed 513,782 lbs of debris from Mississippi River!
Check out our GMRC totals on the right-hand column!
The GMRC is our way to support cleanups that we can’t actually attend! 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 information about starting your own site on this page.
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.