Missouri Stream Team helps sponsor River des Peres Trash Bash Oct. 24

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St. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri Stream Team will be pitching in to help put on the thirteenth-annual River des Peres Trash Bash Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their goal is to enhance neighborhoods by helping to improve water quality in the area. Along with Stream Team, four other sponsors are partnering to put on the family friendly event. They include the Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG), the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the City of St. Louis. Everyone is invited to join the fight to clean up the rivers and creeks within the River des Peres watershed.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to clear litter and trash from several sites including Gravois Creek, Shady Grove Creek, Deer Creek, Engelholm Creek, McKenzie Creek, River des Peres, and the Mississippi River.

Registration will take place from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at three locations – Fultz Field, located along the River des Peres Greenway on River des Peres Boulevard between Morganford and Gravois in St. Louis City; the Heman Park Community Center located at 975 Pennsylvania in University City; and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Urban Ecology Trailer, located at the South Campus on East Drive.

The clean-up will last from 8:30 a.m. to noon with a celebration and appreciation BBQ lunch at Fultz Field from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers will also be rewarded with musical entertainment and prizes for the "best" trash finds in three categories—most expensive, largest, and "weirdest" trash.

According to GRG, during the 2014 Trash Bash volunteers cleared five tons of debris from within the River des Peres Watershed, which included 100 tires, 1.5 tons of scrap metal and 3.5 tons of trash.

For more information or to register in advance, visit www.riverdesperes.org or call River des Peres Watershed Coalition at 314-503-1919 or 314-603-8834.

Missouri Stream Teams are composed of people with an interest and a passion for Missouri streams. They organize chapters locally and work to improve the health of our waterways through litter cleanups, water quality monitoring, public education and stream advocacy. To learn more about the organization, go to www.mostreamteam.org.