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The Blue River

The Blue River was here before we built the Kansas City Metro.
This film will share its secret story with you.

You have probably never heard of it.

You have probably never noticed it as you drove by overhead.

It is hidden away under bridges, buried in forests, sealed off by wire fences.

But the Blue River was here before we built the Kansas City metro, and this film will share its secret story with you. You will find out what the river is like in its headwaters south of Overland Park, where the pressure on it is building as the city grows south.

You will spend some time with it as it winds through virgin parkland in east Kansas City, where you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the wilds of Colorado. And we will search for the river in the northeast part of the city where heavy industry dominates, and it flows over concrete.

In fact, it is a river, along with its creeks like Indian Creek and Brush Creek, that has many dear friends. From fly fishermen to mountain bikers, environmentalists to urban developers, musicians and poets, it is a natural gem treasured by many. In the film you will hear something of their stories and see something of the great love they have for nature and a river that has so much to offer.

The film shows that the story of the Blue River is still being written, and as we all write it, whether we know it or not, we are telling something of our own story and the story of our area.

Premieres Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on KCPT

Film produced by Heartland Conservation Alliance. Learn more about the film at
To get involved with saving The Blue River visit

A (Blue) River Runs Through Us

In 1975 voters in one of the country's fastest-growing counties faced a fork in the asphalt. They pondered the construction of three large flood-control reservoirs as part of a $200 million flood-control plan for the Blue River basin presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.