Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Cleanup 

Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:00pm to 5:00pm

We have partnered with Springfield Greene County Parks and MDC Nature Center for another Earth Day Cleanup.  This year’s Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22.  This event is for everyone, we’ll have shoreline, lake and river cleanup opportunities. 

If you have early spring canoeing experience we invite you to help cleanup a section on the James River: Creighton Access to Southwood Access approximately 4.75 miles. Transportation to and from the Creighton Access with be provided. Those of you who don’t feel up to a river experience we’ll have canoes at he Southwood Access so you can make your way down to Lake Springfield and the Nature Center. Personal canoes and kayaks are encouraged because we’ll only have limited amount of canoes.  If you need a canoe reserve yours today by calling Melissa Bettes at 417 836-4847!

The float cleanup will start at 1:00pm and end at approximately 5:00pm.

If you would like to keep your feet on dry land we have that covered as well meet us at 12 noon at the Southwood Access. 

Directions for volunteers

• Lake Springfield’s Southwood access is just past the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery and adjacent to U.S. 65. From Lake Springfield Dam, take Kissick Ave south, taking a left on Evans Road (Farm Road 188). Look for the Veterans Cemetery sign, turning left, and take Southwood Road to the Southwood Access on the river. 
• If you have your own boat, drop it off at Joe Creighton Access: From Springfield go east on Battlefield Road past U.S. 65 to Farm Road 164. Before the bridge, turn north on Farm Road 193. Then drive to Southwood access to check in and get a shuttle back to Creighton.

Trash bags, gloves, and orange vest will be provided. 

Volunteers need to register with Melissa Bettes before April 17th.

Thank you to all of our 2013 volunteers!

2013 was our biggest Earth Day Cleanup with approximately 120 volunteers. Join us again this year to help keep our waterways clean!



Published in April 18th, 2013

A portion of the James River and Lake Springfield Park will get a dose of spring cleaning Saturday during the seventh annual James River Basin Partnership’s Earth Day cleanup.

 Volunteers paddling canoes will scour the river and lake for trash and debris, while others — including members of Ozark Mountain Geocachers — will pick up trash at Lake Springfield Park or nearby boat ramp areas. 

 So far, all 24 of James River Basin Partnership’s canoes have been reserved, but people are welcome to bring their own boats during the Saturday cleanup, according to JRBP spokeswoman Melissa Bettes. She encouraged volunteers to register by contacting her at 417-836-4847 or emailing 

“We’re still looking for volunteers,” Bettes said. “We have 100 volunteers now, and anticipate 25 or 30 more. We took out a half ton of trash last year, and each year there seems to be a little less trash, which is good.”

The event is a partnership between JRBP, Springfield/Greene County Parks and Recreation, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Areas scheduled to be cleaned include a 4.75-mile section on the James River from Joe Creighton Access to Southwood Access. Shuttling from the Southwood to Creighton Access will be provided.

Volunteers who don’t have canoes or prefer to do land-based cleanups should meet at the Southwood Access to clean up Lake Springfield Park.

Check in at Southwood Access at noon; the cleanup will continue until 4:30 p.m. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

In conjunction with the river cleanup, the informal Ozark Mountain Geocachers will conduct a “Cache In, Trash Out (CITO)” event. Spokesman Steve Hargis said people interested in learning what geocaching is can meet at 11 a.m. at the Southwood Access, where he’ll give an informal seminar about geocaching and show how it’s done with GPS devices.

Geocachers will then participate in the river/lake cleanup.

“We are going to let James River Basin Partnership assign us an area,” Hargis said.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

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