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Stream Clean Up Opportunities

Missouri Stream Team

The Stream Team program is a network of citizens who are involved in education, stewardship, and advocacy on behalf of Missouri streams, participating in activities such as water quality monitoring, stream clean-ups, tree planting, and more. Membership is free to any interested citizen, family, or organization. The program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MNDR). For clean-up events, the MDC provides free trash bags and work gloves. For more information contact the Stream Team at (800) 781-1989, or visit

MSD partners with community groups in these clean-ups by providing supplies and trash dumpsters for the disposal of trash removed from the streams. Contact us at (314) 436-8708 for more information.

Trash Clean Up Events

Trash clean up events gives the public the opportunity to volunteer to help make the St. Louis community a better place by removing trash in neighborhoods, rivers, and streams. Volunteering is also a great way for scouts to earn badges and students to earn community service hours. Please dress appropriately for working outside and current weather conditions.

Contact us at (314) 436-8710 for more information. 

50th Annual Operation Clean Stream -- August 26, 2017

Visit the Open Space Council website at to learn more about one of the country's largest and longest running river restoration projects. Volunteers clean the Meramec River and its tributaries, removing trash and debris from littering and dumping. 

River des Peres Trash Bash

On October 22, 2016, 500 volunteers cleaned up nearly 20 sites along the River des Peres collecting about 8 tons of trash!  At the end of the day, volunteers were treated to a meal and awards for the most unique finds.  For more information and to keep informed of future clean-up events, visit the River des Peres Watershed Coalition.  Clean-up photos can be found on MSD's Flickr page.

Confluence Trash Bash

On March 18, 2017, 600 volunteers picked-up 9 tons of trash and recyclables including 7 tons of recycled metal, cans and bottles, and 300 tires at the 9th Annual Mississippi and Missouri River Confluence Trash Bash!  Volunteers signed in at six rendezvous sites and spread out by foot and boat to dozens of locations within 200 square miles of confluence watersheds.  For more information and to keep informed of future clean-up events, visit the Greenway Network.  Clean-up photos can be found on MSD's Flickr page.