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It is a little over 4 weeks since Operation Clean Stream and we are still pulling the numbers together to measure the success of this ever popular program. In spite of very hot weather, thousands of volunteers showed up to clean our rivers and parks.  Our preliminary findings show that we had at least 2,300 volunteers, collected over 2,000 tires and removed over 8,800 pounds of metal.  Stay tuned for final numbers in the near future.  Especially encouraging were the number of children who pitched in to help this year.  We had many scout troops and families working side by side to restore our rivers and open spaces to their natural, clean and healthy state.  We also saw about 230 children learning about the importance of clean water in our Passport to Clean Water program on the Meramec Greenway. We had so many interesting and informative educators this year who instilled a love for clean water in each child's heart and what their responsibility is to help keep the water clean.  It was encouraging to see these future environmentalists taking this role seriously, but having fun at the same time.  Overall, this year's Operation Clean Stream was tremendously effective and successful.  Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who care about our environment and healthy, clean places that everyone can enjoy.  We hope to see you again next year!

Congratulations to St. Louis County who recently opened Schaefer Bend, a new park in Florissant.  This is the first new park for the county in 15 years.  The 15 acre parcel was donated by Ron Schaefer of Schaefer-Meyer Grading Division, Inc.  There are 13,700 homes within 2 miles of the park and I'm sure the residents will love this new open space.  Plans for the park include an athletic field, playground and restrooms.  There are now 13,000 acres of parks in St. Louis County. 

We are glad to welcome our new board members!

 Elizabeth Simons, Joe Brinkmann, Becky McMahon, and Jay Hoskins bring diverse experiences and new ideas to our board.  We look forward to working with them to continue the Open Space Council's work in water and land conservation. Below is a brief description of each of our new board members:

Most walking and running routes go to, through or around a public park..

That’s the finding of a recent study conducted by researchers at the Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis who benefited with a scholarship provided by The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region.

The Open Space Council, in collaboration with Missouri Stream Teams, and Northern Ozark River Partnership, is sponsoring the 18th Annual Meramec Watershed Celebration!

The date is July 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Meramec State Park Shelter #2

Paddle for A Cause!

This last Sunday, more than 70 friends of the Open Space Council met at Ozark Outooors for a fundraising float trip called Paddle for a Cause!  We are so grateful for the support to help us raise funds to successfully perform our upcoming program, "Operation Clean Stream", which will take place on August 23rd and 24th, 2014.

Our participants enjoyed a 5 mile paddling trip on the Meramec, Courtois and Huzzah Rivers. For many people, it was their first trip to these rivers and turned out to be very fun and exciting!

A special thanks to our sponsors for their generous support on this event: Missouri American Water, Ozark Outdoors, and the Alpine Shop.

Read further to see a video and some comments from our friends who attended the event:

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Paddle for a Cause!


Join us for a fun-filled summertime float trip on the beautiful Courtois, Huzzah, and Meramec Rivers!  All money raised from this event will go to support Operation Clean Stream, an annual river cleanup and restoration event in the Meramec Watershed.

When: Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 1:30p.m.                           

Where: Meet at Ozark Outdoors located at 200 Ozark Outdoor Lane, Leasburg, MO 65535.  Just 1.5 hours from downtown St. Louis.

Open Space Council helps complete work begun by grassroots group

Blog posting written by Lee W. Falk


(Kirkwood, Mo)  February 26, 2014:  The life of Edgar W. Denison (1904 - 1993), late resident of Kirkwood, Mo, amateur naturalist, botanist, artist and early leader in promotion of environmental sustainability, will be celebrated in Kirkwood this spring with events promoting education and appreciation of Missouri's natural assets.  All events are free and open to the public. Click Read More to see schedule.

Kat_Dec_13Katherine Dockery has been named the Open Space Council's new Executive Director.  Kat previously served as Director of Development and Programs. 

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