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 each year. Storm drain marking kits are provided at specific locations for each clean-up. These locations vary from year to year.
To help you determine which site is best suited for each household, all sites are given a grading scale 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 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. Upon registering, volunteers receive confirmation emails regarding collecting trash and where to place garbage once it is collected.
Check out this video from The Greenway Network about why cleanups like these are crucial in protecting our waterways.
This year there were guided and self-guided options for volunteers and inlet marking opportunities.
All guided cleanup opportunities have a site supervisor present to provide volunteers with supplies, sign-in participants, and lead them through the cleanup of the chosen site.
Upon registering, self-guided site volunteers receive confirmation emails regarding collecting trash and where to place garbage once it is collected.
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!
Volunteers are always encouraged to take pictures and share them on social media using the #RiverdesPeresTrashBash so that everyone can join in the fun!