The Blue River Story Project

Tell YOUR story.

The Blue River is such an important part of our city and touches so many lives. It flows more than 40 miles through rural, suburban and industrial areas. It passes parks, forests and wetlands. We want to celebrate the good work, memories and experiences of the lives touched by the Blue River and its tributaries. 

Did you know that YOUR story about the Blue River will protect and preserve natural resources for future generations? Tell us how you interact with the Blue River! Share what the river means to you. 

Your story picks up where we left off with the Midwest Regional Emmy award-winning Blue River Documentary. Your story will keep the river safe and inspire more people to discover their own Blue River stories. 


Stories can be told in many ways, and we are here to listen

From March 31 – August 31 2021, submit your Blue River Story by emailing it to Use "Blue River Story Project Submission" in the subject line. 

In your email, include any details you would like to submit including photos, documents, scans, etc. Please also include the signed release form so we can share your story on our website and social media. If you would like us to follow up with you, please note that in your submission as well. 

No story will be shared without the contributor's permission. 


Your story can be complete or in progress, a photograph or a short story, a graphic design or a poem, a newspaper clipping or an anecdote you love to tell your friends and family. 

Share Your Story! 

Email with your: 

  • Poem

  • Short Story

  • Newspaper article

  • Song

  • Video

  • Photograph

  • Anecdote

  • Anything that shows your love of nature and the Blue River. 

Discover Blue River Stories

Heartland Conservation Alliance's Partnership Summit

Your Blue River story will be showcased at Heartland Conservation Alliance's Annual Partnership Summit in Fall 2021. We host this celebration each year because community conservation work is a long-term process and we want successes, big and small. 

The storytelling showcase will demonstrate the importance of connection and partnerships, brought together by the Blue River. 

So, tell YOUR story. We can't wait to hear!