Operation Clean Stream
The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region Hosts the 46th Annual OPERATION CLEAN STREAM Event Organizers Issue Call for Volunteers July 10, 2013 (ST. LOUIS) – The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region (OSC) is organizing the 46th annual Operation Clean Stream. The project will be held in the Meramec River Watershed, one of the country's longest and largest ongoing river restoration projects. Held the fourth weekend of every August, this year's event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, rain or shine. Each year, nearly 2,500 volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries – the Big, Bourbeuse, Courtois and Huzzah Rivers – and work to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. In 2012, more than 2,500 volunteers worked tirelessly to remove 440 cubic yards of trash, 3,500 waste tires and 35,000 pounds of metal. All collected materials were properly disposed of or recycled. 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. It is not necessary to have a boat or canoe to participate. 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 by contacting The Open Space Council at 314-835-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or 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 24th.
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, where they can enjoy nature and learn about natural resources trough free educational, interactive activities, discussions and exportations. 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. After this program, participants will be equipped with knowledge on how they can improve water quality in their daily lives.
The Passport to Clean Water program will take place on August 24th, from 11:00-1:30 at Greentree Park in Kirkwood, Missouri. For more information, or to register online, visit http://www.openspacestl.org/events
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