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The Blue River Story Project

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. The Blue River Story Project celebrates the good work, memories and experiences of the lives touched by the Blue River and its tributaries. 

Read the stories.


The Blue River Report Card

The Blue River Report Card is a unique year long iterative process with stakeholders that seeks to grade the watershed holistically. This holistic approach takes data from a wide array of categories and indicators to best understand the health of the river as well as the community’s connection to the Blue River.


The Blue River Report Card will increase awareness among Kansas City communities, and progress watershed protection policies and actions that will ensure the Blue River remains an asset to Kansas Citians into the future.

How healthy is the Blue River?


The Blue River Documentary

Winner of a 2020 Mid-America Regional Emmy Award.

The Blue River Documentary is a film featuring oral histories and the ecological and cultural history of the river. We aspire to bring attention to the river, its needs, and the many organizations working to improve it. Together we will promote positive outdoor experiences, remind people of the river’s proud past and inspire them about its future, and promote sustainable development.

Local renowned filmmaker, Michael Price, English Landing Films, captured the beauty and the challenges of the river in all seasons. He is best know for his films seen on KCPT Evicted and A City Divided. 

Watch the documentary.


The Blue River Action Plan

The Blue River Action Plan summarizes and prioritizes decades of work to restore the health of the watershed, including the goals of four regional plans: Mid-America Regional Council’s MetroGreen Plan, KC Water’s Combined Sewer Overflow Plan, the Upper Blue River Watershed Plan, and Kansas City WildLands’ Conservation Opportunity Action Plan.

Heartland Conservation Alliance 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.

Learn about the work.

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