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In 2021 we invited our partners and their loved ones to join us to celebrate rivers in our city. The Partnership Summit honored the many Alliance members working  to protect and restore our rivers 

and the land around them. 

The 8th Annual Partnership Summit featured a collection of photographs and memories around The Blue River. These memories made up The Blue River Story Project. 

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The Blue River Story Project

This year, we will bring the Blue River to life for you with an exhibit featuring stories from our year-long Blue River Story Project. The Blue River Story Project picks up where the Blue River documentary left off with stories of Kansas Citians and their experiences and reflections about this amazing asset. Listen, reflect and share.


The Blue River is an essential and beautiful asset to the Kanas City metro area. People across the region have contributed to the Story Project

by sharing their personal stories about the river - it's beauty and its threats.


Altar'd State

Country Club Bank

Habitat Architects

Health Forward Foundation

Henderson Engineers

KC Water

Maiale Family Foundation

Missouri Department of Conservation

David Hustead and Maureen Purcell

Each fall we gather to celebrate Alliance members and their work throughout the Blue River Watershed.  We invite you to join us to gather to learn, be inspired and network. All are welcome at the Summit - whether you are new to urban conservation or a long-time Alliance partner.

Our mission is to proactively conserve, protect and restore natural lands and open space within the Kansas City region, benefiting the community and future generations by improving water quality, creating recreational opportunities, protecting life and property, and preserving our natural and cultural heritage. We do this by collaborating with a network of public and private organizations and agencies that share our goals, values and objectives; and through public outreach and education. We are on the ground, promoting and preserving vibrant, resilient rivers and stream corridors that protect from flooding and provide beautiful places to enjoy. Our greenways are revitalizing neighborhoods and connecting a regional trail network that benefits all of the residents of our region.  

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