The Results Are In....

50th Annual Operation Clean Stream a Success

Volunteers Restore the Meramec Watershed

What an amazing year for Operation Clean Stream!  Nearly 2,000 citizens came out for a beautiful weekend filled with tire plucking, trash hauling, boat riding, water-wading good times!  This year marked the 50th anniversary of Operation Clean Stream, one of the largest and longest river restoration projects in America!

We invite you to scroll down to see some images throughout the Meramec Watershed, visit our Facebook photo album and see images shared, and become a member of the Open Space Council and ensure that this work continues in the St. Louis Region!

Special thanks to MonsantoMissouri American Water, theMetropolitan St. Louis Sewer DistrictGreat Rivers Greenway, the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr Family FoundationBoeing Employees Community FundMeramec Valley Bank, the Rio Vista Fund and so many more for supporting this year’s event!


We’re gotten almost all of our Operation Clean Stream trip leader reports in and the data is below….

Project Locations Attendance Trash (Cubic Yds.) Tires    Metals
Arnold Area 92 55 23 3300
Big River, Lower 182 19 255 2283
Big River, Upper 10 0 276.1 0
Bourbeuse River 312 44 468 1590
Middle Meramec 314 166 486 4192
Lower Meramec 785 228 455 4295
Upper Meramec, Huzzah, Courtois 239 27 66 612
Totals 2017 1,934 539 2,029 16,272