Missouri River

Central Standard
3:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Living To Tell The Tale: Missouri River Racers Make It Home

After paddling solo 340 miles down the Missouri River, stopping only briefly to catch the teensiest bit of shut-eye, two competitors in the MR340 share their experiences, from paddling through fog to hallucinating on the water.


  • Doug Jennings, organizer and longtime participant
  • Amy Sevcik, first-time competitor
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Central Standard
4:56 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Racers Paddle Across The Missouri River In The MR340

MR340 racers begin to line up at the starting line.
Credit Matt Hodapp / KCUR

In the early morning hours of Aug. 12, boaters paddled into the Missouri River from Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan., the launch site of the MR340. The ultra-marathon race offers participants only 88 hours to finish a voyage across Missouri.

The creator and organizer of the MR340, Scott Mansker, thinks what draws people from all over the world to take part in the race is that challenge of overcoming obstacles.

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9:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Missouri 340 Canoe Race Postponed Due To Flooding

Contestants at the 2007 Missouri 340 race cast off from Kansas City on a long journey to St. Charles.
Credit Marek Uliasz / Flickr-CC

For hundreds of paddlers, the Missouri 340 race is a true test of endurance, but flooding along the Missouri River has put the competition on hold.

The popular canoe race runs 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles. Organizers said they felt that heightened water levels would introduce too much debris and keep racers from being able to reach shore when they needed a break. 

Scott Mansker, race director, says postponing the race isn't ideal because people already have taken time off work to race. But the delay ultimately won't kill the competition, he says.

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8:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Snowy Winter Not Causing Flood Concerns On Missouri River

The Missouri River in Montana.
Credit montanatom1950 on Flickr

A long winter of brutally cold temperatures and seemingly endless snowfall led to a deep snowpack in the mountains at the headwaters of the Missouri River. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a higher risk of flooding this spring. 

2011 brought major flooding to many areas along the Missouri River. This year, the snow pack is comparable to those levels. But Kevin Low of the National Weather Service says even though the snow is starting to melt, there are a few differences this year.

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Central Standard
4:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Missouri River Environment And The Pallid Sturgeon

Credit Kevin Saff / Flickr/CC

The Missouri River is a significant natural resource for our community. It is a place for recreation and enjoyment, and it provides farmers with water for their crops. The "Big Muddy" is also home to a diverse ecosystem, including the pallid sturgeon. On today's Central Standard, we discuss the history of the Missouri River, its wildlife and efforts to protect it.


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10:27 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Genetic Mapping Gives Endangered Missouri River Pallid A Boost

A pallid sturgeon caught during a broodstock collection on the Missouri River, about 20 miles away from Liberty, Mo.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

The Missouri River has turned into a harsh home for the pallid sturgeon — commonly known as the "Missouri River dinosaur."

The white flat-nosed fish has been on the planet for more than 70 million years, and it’s been on the federal endangered species list since 1990. But genetic research and stocking efforts are helping these ancient bottom feeder species.

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3:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Where You Draw The Lines In Kansas City

Listeners cited the Missouri River as one of the strongest geographic dividing lines in Kansas City.
Credit moravings.blogspot.com

A metropolitan area that straddles a state line provides plenty of fodder for a discussion on how Kansas Citians choose to divide themselves.

This week, we wanted to know where you draw the lines in the metropolitan area.

We went on the air and used social media to ask: What are the Kansas City metro’s strongest dividing lines? How do they affect your life?

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Missouri River Crisis: Falling Water Levels Causes Concern

The Missouri River levels are critically low. If the problem is not resolved soon, area utilities, levees and bridges could be in serious crisis . Today we discuss the effects of dropping water levels and the multimillion dollar expenditure needed to remedy the issue.


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Visual Arts
2:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Nelson-Atkins Commissions Work From Artist Maya Lin

Artist Maya Lin's new work for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be installed on November 15.
Credit Walter Smith / Courtesy Maya Lin Studio and Pace Gallery

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has commissioned a new work by architect and artist Maya Lin, who's probably best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Lin’s sculpture, Silver Missouri, inspired by the Missouri River, is crafted from recycled silver, and it’s one in a series of works exploring water conservation. It will be installed in the Bloch Building on November 15. 

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Central Standard
12:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Army Corps of Engineers Face River Issues

In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers faced infrastructure issues, farmland destruction and reservoir management challenges as it dealt with the aftermath of the flooding. Runoff and drought forecasts for the summer show decreasing drought levels across the Midwest plains and increased soil moisture levels. (See here for more predictions from the Missouri DNR.) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Kansas City District produced a good summary of the problems they faced with the flooding and drought of 2011-2012. The Corps also had to defend the maintenance and management of the river’s infrastructure after the 2011 floods.

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Cops & Crime
4:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Man, Woman Vanish Into Missouri River Without A Trace

Unforgiving terrain along Missouri River's South bank. Kansas City Firefighters in boats searched in snow-reduced visibility for a man and woman seen jumping from a bridge.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Missouri River swallowed up two people seen jumping from the Kit Bond Bridge at midday.

Traffic was stopped on the span that carries some 100,000 vehicles a day.

Police talked with at least one witness.

Visibility was obscured by snow squalls that whipped the river at the time.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck gave a description from the site where the river search was launched and ended--“this is Riverfront Park, downstream from the Bond Bridge."   

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Cops & Crime
12:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bond Bridge Reopens, Crews Stop Search For Jumpers

The Christopher S. Bond Bridge, Kansas City, Mo.
Theresa L Wysocki Creative Commons

Emergency workers reportedly began searching the Missouri River late Thursday morning after two or possibly three people were seen jumping from the Bond Bridge.

Update 1:32 p.m. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports that the abandoned pickup found on the bridge has been towed. Rescue boats have been removed from the scene, and no rescue was performed. The focus for now will turn to identifying the truck's owners.

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5:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Fending Off Missouri Floods High On KC Wish List

Levees, such as this in St. Joseph, Mo., held the Missouri River at bay on June 30,2011. Kansas City seeks funding to update seven of its levees.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City will be asking for federal funding in the area of $42 million for flood control along Missouri river levees and streams that feed the river.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Green Impact Zone & The Missouri River

Credit moravings.blogspot.com

You probably know that the Missouri River is the longest river in North America.  But did you know that it's also one of the most polluted?

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Business & Tech
9:37 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Low Water Flow Causes Freight Problems On The Mississippi River

Mississippi River barge.
The Confluence Flickr

The Army Corps of Engineers began shutting down flow from a South Dakota reservoir which feeds into Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis.

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Harvest Public Media
7:26 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Control Of Missouri River Divides Communities

Jim Redmond, with the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club, stands along the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Redmond said the river could handle the rainfall of the 2011 flood, but not when it’s cutoff from the flood plain.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

Along a vast stretch of the Missouri River, the floodwaters that ravished homes, businesses and farms last year are not a distant memory. 

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8:19 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan

Over 120 people crowded into a meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Building in Jefferson City for a hearing on the Jameson Island project on June 11, 2012
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Army Corps of Engineers wants to build a new chute at Jameson Island designed to protect the pallid sturgeon and other native fish species.

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8:03 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Despite a tax bill headed to the governor’s desk, tax negotiations continue in Kansas.  Rush Limbaugh is inducted to the Hall of Famous Missourians.  Report critics floor management on the Missouri River.  That and more news from KCUR.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Boating & Fishing On KC Waters

Bill Anderson KCUR

On  Thursday’s Central Standard, we embark on the next installment in our three-part series looking at how we find water in our city. This time we look to the lakes and rivers, where fishers cast their nets, canoes glide across the water and boaters set sail.

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Central Standard
12:59 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Repairing Missouri River Levees

Water flows from Missouri River over levee L-550
USACE Public Affairs

Wednesday on Central Standard, we drive our proverbial Chevy to Missouri River levees, and ask where the funds went dry.

Our guest Jud Kneuvean, Chief of Emergency Management for the US Army Corps of Engineers, will tell us about their plans to fix 11 of the 68 Missouri River levees in time for the Spring, and how they determined the crucial sites for repairs.

Bridge Business
5:04 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Drivers' Relief Nearing For Bridge Crossing

Artist's rendition of Bond Bridge before construction began. View looking to southwest from northeast shore of Missouri River.
photo courtesy of MoDot

Kansas City, Mo. – The new Missouri River bridge replacing the Paseo span will be close enough to completion to carry traffic by year's end.

MoDot will start shifting lanes of traffic from the Paseo to the Bond Bridge by fall. Highway officials say the Bond won't be finished until next year, but at least one northbound lane should be open by Christmas.

Most visible work now is installing cables hooking the highly visible pylon to the floor of the new bridge. The pylon stands more than 300 feet tall and supports the entire structure.

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