Confluence Trash Bash ~ Spring Clean Ups

The Confluence Trash Bash is an annual clean-up of the Missouri and Mississippi watersheds, and as Missouri Stream Team #5, we see this as an extension of our annual Operation Clean Stream Program.

This year The Open Space Council was excited to take the lead as the main organizer alongside our partners MSD Project Clear, Great Rivers Greenway, and Earthways Center. We are happy to report another successful clean-up in 2022. Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s #ConfluenceTrashBash.

Big Shout out to Missouri American Water for sponsoring this year’s Confluence Trash Bash and Dumpsters.com for helping out with trash hauling. We are also thankful for the help we received from all of our municipal partners from the cities of Ballwin, Bridgeton, Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Florissant, Hazelwood, Maryland Heights, St. Ann, Norwood Court, and Woodson Terrace.

Want to see the Impact our volunteers made at this year’s clean-up? Watch the highlight video below.

Click here to view the Complete Confluence Trash Bash 2022 Report

During the annual event, volunteers come together to help clean up the rivers and creeks within the Lower Missouri River watershed. Volunteers choose from multiple clean-up locations or storm drain marking sites each year. Storm drain marking kits are provided at specific areas, and these locations also vary from year to year.

To learn more about storm inlet marking, click here for a short informational video!

Please note that sites are continuously being adjusted based on need, so check back for updates if you don’t see a location near you.

All sites are given a grading scale to help you determine which location is best suited for each household for volunteer accessibility – Click Here to view the Clean Up Site – Grading Scale.

The Open Space Council provides volunteers with work gloves and trash bags for their clean-ups. The event is free, and volunteers pre-register and complete a liability waiver to receive their free t-shirt, select a clean-up site, and help event organizers coordinate supplies. Upon registering, volunteers receive confirmation emails regarding collecting trash and where to place garbage once it is collected.

***SPECIAL #TRASHBASH EVENTS IN 2022*** New Roots Urban Farm – Earthday365 hosted a #ConfluenceTrashBash clean-up as a part of their first Environmental Justice Day of Action in 2022 at New Roots Urban Farm! In collaboration with New Roots, volunteers picked up trash and weeded and planted in preparation for the spring gardening season.

Americorps St. Louis Clean-up @ Greenwood Cemetary – A clean-up was organized in cooperation with Americorps St. Louis at Greenwood Cemetary. NBC News recently highlighted Greenwood as part of the growing effort to preserve and restore historical black cemeteries across the country.

This year there were guided and self-guided options for volunteers and inlet marking opportunities. At guided clean-up, site leaders are available to provide instructions and supplies.

All guided clean-up opportunities have a site supervisor present to provide volunteers with supplies, sign-in participants and lead them through the clean-up of the chosen site.

This year’s Guided Land Based Clean-up Sites included: Creve Coeur Lake, Schaefer Bend County Park, Bellefontaine Conservation Area, UMSL Campus Cleanups, Spanish Lake Park, North Riverfront Park, Bridgeton Community Cleanup, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

There was also a Guided Water-Based Clean-up Site at Mallard Lake in Creve Coeur Park.

Self-Guided Sites were also available. Volunteers participated at their convenience at these clean-ups anytime between April 4th and 9th. These sites included: Sunset Park in Florissant, Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing in St. Louis, Bella Fontaine Park in St. Louis, Riverfront Trail – Biddle Street Trailhead in St. Louis, Missouri Greenway – Trailhead at Railroad Park in Chesterfield, White Birch Park in Hazelwood, Lewis & Clark Memorial – Downtown Riverfront in St. Louis, O’Fallon Park in St. Louis, St. Vincent Park in St. Louis, River’s Edge Park in Chesterfield, Musick Park in Hazelwood.

Volunteers also participated in storm drain inlet marking at Spanish Lake County Park, St. Ferdinand Park.

To learn more about inlet marking? Click HERE

Volunteers are the backbone of our clean-ups, and we need your help in our continued efforts to protect and preserve our land and waterways. We know your time is valuable, but everyone deserves clean water. Look at the difference volunteers can make if everyone gave just one hour of their time. We could remove tons of trash, create a better habitat for wildlife, and protect our waterways from pollution so that everyone can enjoy the benefit of clean water!

Volunteers are always encouraged to take pictures and share them on social media using the #ConfluenceTrashBash so that everyone can join in the fun!

Supplies are picked up the week before or the week of your clean-up between 9 am and 4 pm Monday – Friday at the Open Space Council (OSC) office at 12450 W. Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63127 or by appointment.

Supply Pick-Up Nights were also held at the locations below in 2022:

St Louis County – Spanish Lake Park

Maryland Heights – Creve Coeur Lake

Click here to view last year’s Confluence Trash Bash Report.

Check out this video from The Greenway Network about why clean-ups like these are crucial in protecting our waterways.