|Operation Clean Stream|
The 46th annual event will take place on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2013.
About Operation Clean Stream
Since 1967, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has organized Operation Clean Stream, one of the country's largest and longest running river restoration projects. The fourth weekend of every August, event volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. Volunteers participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, in nearby parks, and along nearby trails. Visit our Facebook page for photos.
About Passport to Clean Water Program
The Passport to Clean Water Program began in 2012 as an educational tool for young, Operation Clean Stream volunteers. Each year, organizations throughout the St. Louis Region, who's mission includes water quality, facilitate educational, interactive activities, discussions, and expolorations that explain different aspects of water with youth and their families. Our goal with this program is to provide all participants with crucial, take-home knowledge on how they can improve water quality in their own daily lives. Groups that have already committed to participating in this year's program include Missouri Stream Team, Robinson Rain Barrels, Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center, St. Louis County Parks, Endangered Wolf Center and the Nature Conservancy. We anticipate more organizations, and in turn, a fun, successful day of knowledge and service to the Meramec River Watershed. Register for the Passport to Clean Water Program by clicking here.
Information for New Volunteers
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."
Our 2012 Sponsors & Partners:
2012 Operation Clean Stream a Great Success
August 25th and 26th, 2012 marked the 45th year of Operation Clean Stream. Nearly 2,500 volunteers took to the Meramec River and its tributaries cleaning approximately 500 miles of river. Roughly 3,500 tires were collected this year along with 35,000 pounds of metal. Overall, 440 cubic yards of trash was gathered over the course of both days. These successes were coupled with the introduction of a new educational program called Passport to Clean Water.
Passport to Clean Water informed the public, particularly youth, about the importance of clean water and increased awareness of regional water conservation. Various water topics were presented to young volunteers and their families as they walked a quarter mile trail along the Meramec River. Some of the topics incorporated the importance of native plants, water tables, fish and wildlife that live near the Meramec River, river function, the ecology of greenways, source drinking water protection, rain barrels, outdoor recreation, proper disposal of pharmaceuticals, and the water cycle. Students received stamps on their passports after each station and received a carabineer and compass as a take home prize for completing the program.
Check out photos from the 2012 Operation Clean Stream!
17th Annual Meramec Watershed Celebration
Meramec State Park, Sullivan, MO
Picnic Shelter #2 July 27th
Free overnight camping July 26 & 27th
Join us for the nation's longest running river clean up project!
For more information about Operation Clean Stream - visit the OCS website.