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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 give 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.  Past clean-up events photos can be found on MSD's Flickr page.

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

River des Peres Trash Bash -- October 19, 2019

Visit the River des Peres Watershed Coalition to learn more.  Volunteers will sign in at four sites and spread out by foot to several locations within the River des Peres watershed. Nearly 500 volunteers collected about 11 tons of trash at the October 20, 2018 River des Peres Trash Bash!  Like the River des Peres Trash Bash on Facebook.

Confluence Trash Bash -- March 2020

Check back to stay informed about the next Confluence Trash Basin in 2020.  Volunteers will sign-in at designated sites and spread out to dozens of locations within 200 square miles of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers confluence watersheds.   700  volunteers collected about 18 tons of trash and nearly 300 tires at the Confluence Trash Bash on March 23, 2019 !  Like the Confluence Trash Bash on Facebook.

Operation Clean Stream -- August 22, 2020

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.