Originally broadcast 8/31/2009:
Up and down the Meramec River, Jim Kirchherr discovers an abundance of trash and the eager people willing to clean it up. The Open Space Council and its plentiful volunteers donate time and energy to beautifying the Meramec River and the area around it. The lake district of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the Meramec was home to many weekend houses that have since been abandoned and left behind copious amounts of garbage, including refrigerators, washers and cars. A great deal of progress has been made since the start of Operation Clean Stream in 1967, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and people who contribute the supplies and manpower needed. This event raises awareness, as well as beautifies the historic Meramec River.