River des Peres Trash Bash ~ Fall Clean Ups

Check back soon to see the final report from this year’s River des Peres Trash Bash!

2022 River des Peres Trash Bash:

The Open Space Council and our partners from Great Rivers Greenway, MSD Project Clear, the Missouri Stream Teams, Earthways Center, and River des Peres Watershed Coalition hosted the River des Peres Trash Bash on October 22, 2022!

Trash clean-up Sites:

Hanley Hills Creek Cleanup (Grade A) — Brentwood Sports Complex (Grade A/B) Marshall Avenue Trailhead (Grade B) — Lemay Park (Grade A/B) — Francis R. Slay Park (Grade C) — Officer Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park (Grade A/B) — Heman Park (Grade A/B) — Mississippi Greenway River City Casino (Grade B) — Sister Marie Charles Park (Grade C)  Shady Creek Nature Sanctuary (Grade A)Lorraine Davis Park (Grade A/B)Union Road County Park (Grade A/B)Memorial Park (Grade A)Hanley Park (Grade A)Oak Tree Park (Grade A/B)MacKenzie Park (Grade A)

Storm Drain Marker Sites:

Blake C. Snyder Park 

Volunteer information:

To help clean up the rivers and creeks within the River des Peres watershed, volunteers can choose from multiple cleanup locations or storm drain marking sites. Find which cleanup site fits you/your group via this Clean Up Site – Grading Scale, sift through all the cleanup locations here, and then register for your desired site. 

The Open Space Council provides volunteers with work gloves and trash bags for their cleanups. The event is free. Volunteers pre-register and complete a liability waiver to receive their free t-shirt, select a cleanup site, and help event organizers coordinate supplies By creating a profile, you will sign an annual liability waiver that applies across all our volunteer opportunities, making the sign-up process easier for everyone! Upon registering, volunteers receive confirmation emails regarding their cleanup site and any other necessary information.

Storm drain marking kits are provided at specific locations for each clean-up. These locations vary from year to year. To learn more about storm inlet marking, click here for a short informational video! Check out this video from The Greenway Network about why cleanups like these are crucial in protecting our waterways.

In 2021, there were guided and self-guided options for volunteers and inlet marking opportunities. In 2022, we were excited to return to guided sites, spearheaded by our volunteer site leaders. 

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

Click Here for the 2021 River des Peres Trash Bash Report to see the incredible impact our volunteers have!

Volunteers are the backbone of our cleanups, 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!