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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. 

Confluence Trash Bash

Visit the Greenway Network website to learn more about the March 24, 2018 Confluence Trash Bash.  Volunteers will sign-in at designated sites and spread out by foot and boat to dozens of locations within 200 square miles of confluence watersheds.  Registration will start soon!  FREE breakfast will be provided.  Past clean-up events photos can be found on MSD's Flickr page.

51st Annual Operation Clean Stream -- August 25, 2018

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 21, 2017, 350 volunteers picked-up a total of 6.6 tons of trash at the 15th annual River des Peres Trash Bash!  More trash totals included: 4.3 tons of metal, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and 100 tires were recycled.  Volunteers signed in at three sites and spread out by foot to several locations within the River des Peres watershed.  Volunteers enjoyed FREE breakfast and FREE lunch for their hard work!  Clean-up photos can be found on MSD's Flickr page.