Operation Clean Stream

Since 1967, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has organized Operation Clean Stream, one of the country’s largest and longest running river restoration projects. The fourth weekend of every August, event volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. Volunteers participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, in nearby parks, and along nearby trails.

Thank you for a great Operation Clean Stream 2018! During cleanups on August 25 & 26, 1,667 volunteers removed 286 cubic yards of trash, 1,375 tires, and 10,904lbs of metal from the Meramec River Watershed! Please enjoy photos of the event on our Facebook page.

Upcoming Opportunities

Operation Clean Stream at Ozark Outdoors  

When: June 2nd, 2019

Where: Ozark Outdoors – 200 Ozark Outdoors Lane Leasburg, MO 65535

What: Join us for Operation Clean Stream at Ozark Outdoors on June 2nd! Volunteers must register here and call Ozark Outdoors at 800-888-0023 to reserve your canoe. Be sure to let them know that you are with Operation Clean Stream. Learn more about this event on our blog.

Operation Clean Stream 

When: August 24 & 25, 2019

Where: Various locations throughout the Meramec Watershed

What: Join us as a volunteer this year as we celebrate 52 years of improving local rivers and open spaces! Volunteers will remove trash, tires, and metal debris from the Meramec River Watershed to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in our region’s open spaces.

Registration coming soon! 

Special thanks to our partners & sponsors! This event is sponsored in part by: Missouri American Water, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Great Rivers Greenway, Radwell International, Enterprise Holdings, Missouri Stream Teams and so many more!

SOLD OUT! Forest Park Waterway Cleanup

When: Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Where: Forest Park Visitors Center

What: Join the Open Space Council and the St. Louis Canoe & Kayak Club for our annual Earth Day Waterway Cleanup in Forest Park. Volunteers will paddle through the waterways within the park collecting trash and debris. Volunteers should have some experience paddling. Volunteers must provide their own kayak (please note that smaller boats, not canoes, are required to navigate the smaller waterways.) Volunteers should come dressed to get wet and bring a reusable water bottle. Trash bags & gloves will be provided. Removing trash and debris from the waterways within the park improves water quality and wildlife habitat as well as enhances the recreational experience for park users. Forest Park in St. Louis City is the seventh largest urban park in the United States and is an important space for visitors to the park to reconnect with nature within the urban city environment.

This event is co-hosted by the Open Space Council & the St. Louis Canoe & Kayak Club. Please RSVP to this event at https://www.allforgood.org/projects/o83Z62Q5 and contact Caitlin at 314-835-9225 with any questions.

Other Resources

Click Here for our Operation Clean Stream Safety Video.

Past Events

Operation Clean Stream 2018

In 2018, we celebrated the 51 years of Operation Clean Stream!

Since 1967, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has organized Operation Clean Stream, one of the country’s largest and longest running river restoration projects. The fourth weekend of every August, event volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. Volunteers participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, in nearby parks, and along nearby trails.

In 2018, nearly 2,000 citizen volunteers came out to clean up nearly 500 miles of waterway in the Meramec River Watershed. Volunteers removed 286 cubic yards of trash, 1,375 tires, and 10,904lbs of metal of trash from the river. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of our awesome volunteers hard at work and read our blog post for photos and the Operation Clean Stream 2018 Summary 

“When an area is kept free of trash & other debris, visitors are more respectful & reluctant to add trash to the area.” 30 year veteran volunteer, Jerry Castillon

Volunteers work together to remove debris during Operation Clean Stream 2016