The Missouri River is home to fascinating creatures, as well as many issues. That is why Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River felt it was necessary to develop information packets about the Missouri River. Designed for high school students, these packets introduce and discuss a broad range of information; from the giants who dwell in the depths, to the consequences of the interaction between cities and the Missouri River. Each topic is accompanied by a summary description of what it is, why it is, and why it is important to the Missouri River. Volume 1 of the Missouri River Information Packets covers three areas:

[Collection created September 12, 2018]

Recent Submissions

  • Piping plover : endangered species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "The Piping Plover's largest vulnerability comes from its nesting habits. Large, open sandy areas are the first places cities look when developing beaches. Unfortunately, Piping Plovers are also looking for this exact ...
  • Pallid sturgeon : endangered species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Pallid Sturgeon were commercially harvested from the mid-1800s until they were listed as endangered in 1990. They were harvested primarily for their valuable eggs to make caviar. However, by far the largest threat to this ...
  • Interior least tern : endangered species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Facing threats of habitat loss or degradation, Interior Least Terns have struggled to maintain their population throughout the United States. Man-made dams placed throughout the Missouri River reduce the occurance of ...
  • Zebra mussel : invasive species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Reasons for Invasive Status: Originally from the seas of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, this species was accidentally brought over by cargo ships coming into the Great Lakes from the Black Sea. Zebra Mussels can spread ...
  • Silver carp : invasive species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Reasons for Invasive Status: Silver Carp are native to eastern Asia, but were imported to the United States in 1973, primarily as a biological water quality control mechanism in fish hatcheries to clean up excess plankton ...
  • Japanese hop : invasive species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Reasons for Invasive Status: Japanese Hop is native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. It wasimported to the U.S. from Asia in the mid-to-late 1800s for ornamental use. The plant twines to climb adjacent vegetation and ...
  • Bush honeysuckle : invasive species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Reasons for Invasive Status: Bush Honeysuckle was introduced in the 1800s for ornamental purposes from Asia. Shade competition, when shrubs outcompete native plants by growing leaves sooner than native ones, yields negative ...
  • Bighead carp : invasive species 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "The Bighead Carp is native to China and was imported to the United States in 1973, primarily as a biological water quality control mechanism in fish hatcheries to clean up excess plankton in the water. The fish were also ...
  • Trash on the river : human-related issues 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "The issue of trash in the United States' rivers is an old and continuous problem. When almost any item we purchase has some component that goes in the garbage, it is not too surprising that we generate a lot of waste. All ...
  • Sand dredging : human-related issues 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Sand dredging is a common sight on the Missouri River. This process is used to collect sand and gravel for construction work. This is done using specialized boats that suck up matter from the bed of the Missouri River to ...
  • Dams and levees : human-related issues 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Mountain snowmelt is one of the primary sources that feeds the Missouri River, which historically caused significant flooding. After the Missouri River flooded particularly badly in 1943, the government passed the Pick-Sloan ...
  • Combined sewer system : human-related issue 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "In a Combined Sewer System, the water that comes from industrial wastewater, home sewage, and rainwater runoff funnels into a single pipe going to a treatment plant. When there is too much runoff, such as after a heavy ...
  • Channelization : human-related issues 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Channelization is exactly what it sounds like, the human process of straightening and deepening channels in rivers. Primarily, it is done to make the river easier and safer for larger boats to pass through, to provide a ...
  • Agricultural pollution : human-related issues 

    Missouri River Relief (Missouri River Relief, 2018)
    "Agricultural pollution presents significant environmental concerns for the Missouri River. Ranging from pesticides to sediment and nutrients being deposited in the Missouri River, there are some urgent, but challenging ...