Saint Louis, MO

Open Space Council's annual Operation Clean Stream 2021

Tyrone Wallace

ST. LOUIS, MO – Operation Clean Stream is a program that has been part of The Open Space Council for the St. Louis region every August since 1967. It is one of the Country’s largest river restoration projects.

The Operation Clean Stream is an effort to clean and fix the damage from flooding, careless littering, and dumping of debris. This year will mark the 54 years of effort to improve local rivers and open spaces.

Every August, the project invites volunteers to join and work in the Meramec River to clean the river and its surrounding. Volunteers can participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, parks, and trails.

This year, the project will begin on August 21 until 29. The cleanup program will be in a format hybrid of both self-guided independent and group-led cleanups. Volunteers who wish to join can sign-up and participate anytime between August 21-29, 2021.

Since this year the project has two options, it will also have different schedules. The self-guided independent cleanups will take place all through the week. Meanwhile, group-led cleanups will take place only on August 28.

If volunteers choose the self-guided cleanups, supplies such as bags, gloves, and t-shirts are available to order for pickup. After registration, they will receive detailed instructions on how to access the sites of the event.

In addition to the cleaning activity, there will be picnics for volunteers participating on August 28. The Open Space Council might change the event format due to the changing public health guidelines.

To register and get to know the grading scale for volunteer accessibility for self-guided volunteering, please visit here.

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