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Great Mississippi River Cleanup


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 helped coordinate 140 cleanups and, with the help of more than 11,072 volunteers, removed 654,493 pounds of debris from the Mississippi River!



  • How does the GMRC work?

    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. Read below!

  • How can I volunteer?

    Whether you and a friend decide to walk the shorelines with garbage bags or you can organize 200 volunteers with boats, Great Mississippi River Cleanups (GMRCs) happen in all shapes and sizes! We’ve had families, classrooms, and communities hold GMRCs! You pick the time, date, and location that works best for you. Participating is completely free - and we even provide biodegradable garbage bags and reusable work gloves! We ask that you complete a garbage log and have all cleanup volunteers complete our waiver.

    Click here for a list of potential Site Coordinator Responsibilities.

    Looking to get involved in someone else’s cleanup? That’s also an option. Reach out to our GMRC coordinator,, to learn more about possible site coordinators in your area!

  • Who do I contact for more information?

    Andrew Layer

    Phone: 309.236.1874

Our Impact

  • Pounds of Trash Removed


  • Volunteers Engaged


  • Students Educated


  • Trees Planted


  • ADM
  • Cargill
  • Cargo Carriers
  • John Deere
  • ACBL
  • Anhesuser - Busch
  • Hines Furlong
  • Ingram
  • Marquette
  • PCNA
  • Arconic
  • Carmeuse
  • Honda
  • Hydro Flask
  • Modern Woodmen
  • Presence Marketing
  • RBC
  • Riverstone
  • TC Energy
  • P&G
  • Culver's
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