Operation Clean Stream stats will blow your mind

Results from Operation Clean Stream 2014 are in, and the stats are truly stunning. Like, how could there even be 2,500 tires in the Meramec Watershed? Hadn’t Arnold Stream Team #211 gotten them already?

Nope, apparently the Mighty 211 left a few tires for the rest of us.
Nope, apparently the Mighty 211 left a few tires for the rest of us.

Seriously, when I wrote about this event back in August, I failed to reflect on those crazy numbers. I just thought, “looks like they have it under control.” No kidding. Here are the results:

-2,225 volunteers donated more than 7,000 hours of their time

– 9,000 lbs. of metal was removed making our waterways a safer place to float, swim, and fish

– 6 large construction dumpsters were filled to the brim with trash from our waterways

– 2,481 tires were removed from the watershed

In a newsletter recently published, the Open Space Council had these praises and thanks to the St. Louis community:

Even with temperatures of 100+ degrees, thousands of volunteers came out to lend their time and talent to restoring the Meramec Watershed.  The event has become a St. Louis tradition, with generations of families participating together to help the local environment.

Volunteers represented a variety of ages and backgrounds and represented corporate green teams, religious groups, boy and girl scouts, canoe and kayak organizations, and many more.

We cannot thank the community enough for their support of this project.  It could not be done without all of you!

Leave it to Stream Teamers to haul a pallete in their canoe. Ai yi yi.
Leave it to Stream Teamers to haul a pallete in their canoe. Ai yi yi.

Like these pictures? The online photo album has gobs more.

Great job, OCS! We’re proud to have cosponsored your 47th Annual Cleanup as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, and we’re already looking forward to next year!

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2 thoughts on “Operation Clean Stream stats will blow your mind”

  1. It was an honor being a part of it! Every time I hear numbers like this, I am amazed. Lots of throwing my hands in the air and, “Where the hell does all this crap come from?!?”

    1. Exactly! Thanks so much for doing your part. Looking at OCS stats from the past, there’s obviously a direct correlation between trash found and volunteers. Way cool. Next year, bring your friends!

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