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Conservation Program Update

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

Kansas City is home to amazing natural resources like Alex George Wetland at Blue River Parkway. These spaces provide a source of pride and sense of place to people throughout the nine-county metropolitan area. Water resources, creeks, streams, and rivers, have played a critical role in defining its development and character. Photo by Magali Rojas.

On Saturday, June 4 HCA hosted the last Renew the Blue restoration workday for the spring at Blue Valley Park. This spring we removed .42 acres of invasive honeysuckle and cleaned up 323 lbs of trash. Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us this spring. The workdays will return in September and HCA invites volunteers to join the Nature Action Crew to remove invasive bush honeysuckle and clean up trash.

The 2022 Blue River Action Plan is complete and available on Heartland Conservation Alliance’s website. HCA and others are actively working to improve the health of this watershed by focusing resources in eight Action Areas that represent varying geographic areas and types of habitat. In each Action Area, this Plan outlines current and potential conservation projects of varying scale and type within the watershed.

To learn more and read about the 2022 Blue River Action Plan, visit HCA’s website. The 2021 Blue River Report Card is also available on our website, which explains how the Blue River earned a “C” letter grade and the opportunities to improve the health of the Upper, Middle, and Lower watersheds.


The next Conservation & Policy Work Group is Thursday, 6/30/22, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in joining the Work Group, contact Magali Rojas,

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