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Group trying to keep Blue River from becoming dumping ground

Posted at 2:09 PM, Mar 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 17:53:13-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jill Erickson knows a lot about the Blue River.  It travels nearly 40 miles, across two states, three counties and 18 municipalities. It flows from Johnson County Kansas, through the Kansas City Metro. 

And every year hundreds work to revitalize and clean it up. 

Unfortunately, parts of it have become a common dumping ground and that’s why Erickson and others at the Heartland Conservation Alliance want to do more than cleanups to preserve it. 

“There’s probably a thousand or more stories about this river," Erick said.

Erickson's goal is to tell those stores via a documentary. 

“We want to find people in the community that know this river, grew up around this river, were baptized in this river, rode their bikes along this river.” 

The Heartland Conservation Alliance first needs to raise money. The goal is $25,000. Erickson said the film will help everyone understand how the Blue River impacts them. 

“It’s part of this community and until we reconnect with it, we’re never going to be outraged to see this trash or pollution," Erickson said. "So, the idea of a documentary is to tell a story.”

To make a donation, or to share a memory of the Blue River, email Jill Erickson at