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Published on: Feb. 17, 2011

may go unnoticed by many of us, they are critical to the health of the downstream waters that we all appreciate and use. As long as we plan on continuing our weekend fishing and float trips, and our daily consumption of clean water, we need to conserve our smallest streams and maintain the balance of our natural world.

Join Missouri Stream Team

The Stream Team program provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved in stream conservation. Stream Team goals are:

  • Education—Learn about Missouri’s 110,000 miles of flowing water. Stream Team provides training and information to better understand our stream systems and the problems and opportunities they face.
  • Stewardship—Hands-on projects such as litter control, streambank stabilization, streamside tree planting, water quality monitoring and storm drain stenciling are all possibilities.
  • Advocacy—Those who have gained a firsthand knowledge of the problems, solutions and needs of Missouri’s stream resources are best equipped to speak out on their behalf.

Stream Team membership is free to any interested citizen, family or organization. You may adopt any stream or river of your choice. We can suggest streams if you like, or connect you with other Teams in your area. To learn more about Missouri Stream Teams or to find a membership form, visit

Don’t Dump Bait or Release Captives

Dumping the contents of your bait bucket or aquarium into Missouri’s waters could introduce a species that might cause irreversible damage to our aquatic resources.

Some of Missouri’s most severe problems with aquatic invaders are the result of species that have been transported only a few miles from one stream to another. Bait bucket introductions occur when anglers dump live bait into a water body from which that bait did not originate. Alternatives to dumping bait include:

  • Taking your bait home to use on a future fishing trip,
  • Offering it to another angler to use,
  • Dumping it on land far away from any waterway or
  • Placing it in a sealed container in the trash.

If a person feels they can no longer care for a captive animal kept in a private aquarium or pond, we recommend the following alternatives to releasing them into the wild:

  • Talk to a pet store owner or a hobby aquarium society ( They may be able to help find a home for your pet.
  • Give the fish or other animals to others who might wish to care for them.
  • Dispose of

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