Another Successful Clean Stream!!
Can you believe it has already been over a month since the 47th Annual Operation Clean Stream? The numbers are in and we are pleased to tell you that we had over 2,225 volunteers donate more than 7,000 hours of their time. They collected 9,000 pounds of metal from our waterways and removed almost 2,500 tires from the rivers. In addition, there were 6 large construction dumpsters filled to the brim with trash that was hauled out of the watershed. Men and women of all ages from the entire area came out in spite of the heat to help us achieve a very successful event. We were especially encouraged by the number of children who came out this year to help with this worthy and important cause. If you would like to see these wonderful volunteers in action, go here to see our pictures. We are so grateful to everyone who got involved to help us keep our waterways clean and healthy for everyone.
Mark your calendars for next year's event on August 22 and August 23, 2015.
Operation Clean Stream helped spur the Lower Meramec River Watershed's renaissance, and is in large part responsible for returning the river to its former glory. Gone are the days when dilapidated bank-side cabins lined the river, and trash that included cars and home appliances were common sights lodged along its shores. Today, the Meramec River Watershed is a pristine tribute to the thousands of volunteers who have worked throughout the past 40-plus years to reclaim and maintain this area gem.
"When an area is kept free of trash and other debris, visitors are more respectful and reluctant to add trash to the area."