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 16-23, 2021

Visit the River des Peres Watershed Coalition to learn more about the next River des Peres Trash Bash.   Nearly 350 volunteers practiced social distancing and stayed safe picking up about 5 tons of trash and placing 300 no dumping storm sewer inlet markers  at the October 2020 River des Peres Trash Bash.  Nine PBS produced a story that aired on Living St. Louis about the  2020 Trash Bash.  Like the River des Peres Trash Bash on Facebook.

Confluence Trash Bash -- Spring 2022

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the 2021 Confluence Trash Bash.  COVID-19 made it a little more challenging, but that didn’t stop 400+ volunteers from hauling in 4.5 tons of trash and placing 400 no dumping storm sewer inlet markers. Thank you for your support of the Confluence Trash Bash.   Please check back for the latest information on 2022 activities.

Operation Clean Stream -- August, 2022

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.