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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

Special Operation Clean Stream Fall Cleanup

When: Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Where: Robert Winter Park

What: Volunteers will help remove trash and large debris from Robert Winter Park. Volunteers should meet at Robert Winter Park located at 10553 Bauer Rd St. Louis, MO 63128. For parking, please continue down the road through the open park gate to the parking lot at the bottom of the road. We highly recommend carpooling. Higher ground clearance vehicles are recommended as the entry to the parking lot descends a steep hill and is partially gravel. Volunteers will meet at the parking area and walk into the worksite. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Due to the terrain at the clean up site, we ask that all volunteers are at least 15 years old and that youth volunteers be accompanied by a guardian. Work gloves and some tools will be provided. We recommend volunteers bring a shovel with them if possible!

This event is co-hosted by Great Rivers Habitat Alliance and the Open Space Council. Please RSVP to this event at https://ocsfall2018.eventbrite.com.

Click Here for our Operation Clean Stream Safety Video.

Past Events

Operation Clean Stream 2017

In 2017, we celebrated the 50th anniversary 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 2017, nearly 2,000 citizen volunteers came out to clean up nearly 500 miles of waterway in the Meramec River Watershed. Volunteers donated over 5,802 hours and pulled 2,029 tires, 16,272 lbs of metal and 539 cubic yards of trash from the river. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of our awesome volunteers hard at work and read our blog post to see the full Operation Clean Stream 2017 Report.

“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