The Blue River watershed

and working with our Partners to

Renew the Blue

Because of its importance, partners, and threats, we have focused efforts on the Blue River and its surrounding watershed the past four years. Urban rivers are Kansas City’s most valuable resource. We share a deep-rooted sense of place with these beautiful, powerful, and important waterways that have shaped our region.
The Blue River, a tributary of the Missouri River, flows southwest to northeast through the Kansas City region. The headwaters lie in Kansas, near the Overland Park Arboretum. The Upper Blue River, near 135th and Kenneth Road, is wild and undeveloped — the surrounding land is largely owned by private land owners. The Middle Blue River, near 95th Street and Holmes, is urban with surrounding land managed by Jackson County Parks and Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation.

Read more in our April 2016 feature on the Blue River.

Learn more about the Renew the Blue campaign.