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The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region (OSC) is organizing the 47th annual Operation Clean Stream. The project will be held in the Meramec River Watershed on Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, rain or shine.
Each year, nearly 2,500 volunteers take to the Meramec River work to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. In 2013, more than 3,000 volunteers pulled 2,607 tires and 351 cubic yards of trash from the river.
Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to help with the ongoing restoration and conservation stewardship projects in the Meramec River Greenway. Volunteers may work as individuals or as part of an organization’s team to remove trash and litter from both the river and public areas such as boat accesses, parks, and trails. Children must have adult supervision, and all volunteers are required to sign a waiver before the event.
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance online at openspacestl.org/events. Those interested in volunteering on the Lower Meramec River can register the day of the event at Greentree County Park in Kirkwood, on Marshall Road, in Kirkwood, Mo. starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday August 23th.
In addition to the cleanup, youth ages 5-18 are invited to participate in the Passport to Clean Water program (P2CW). Youth can walk a greenway adjacent to the Meramec River in the P2CW program. Each child will receive a passport that will be stamped after a visit to each booth and they can redeem it at the final booth for a prize. The Passport to Clean Water program will take place on August 23th, from 11:00-1:30 at Greentree Park in Kirkwood, Missouri.
For more information, visit our website openspacestl.org/programs