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47th Annual Operation Clean Stream + Passport to clean water

cleanstream_drop_middle_withOSCActivities: Join thousands of other volunteers to clean the shores and waters of the Meramec River in this project run by the Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region.
Date: August 23-24, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: State Parks and other sites along the Meramec (full list below).

What to expect: Since 1967, The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region has organized Operation Clean Stream. Volunteers take to the Meramec River and its tributaries, working to undo damage caused throughout the year by flooding, careless littering and the unlawful dumping of trash. Volunteers participate both in canoes and boats, as well as on the shore, in nearby parks, and along nearby trails. In 2013, more than 3000 volunteers pulled 2,607 tires and 351 cubic yards of trash from the river.

girlsWhat to expect if you’re a youth: You are extra special. The Passport to Clean Water Program began in 2012 as an educational tool for young, Operation Clean Stream volunteers. Each year, organizations throughout the St. Louis Region, whose mission includes water quality, facilitate educational, interactive activities, discussions, and explorations that explain different aspects of water with youth and their families. Our goal with this program is to provide all participants with crucial, take-home knowledge on how they can improve water quality in their own daily lives

The Passport to Clean Water program will take place on August 23, 2014 in Greentree Park in Kirkwood, MO and is free and open to all youth ages 5-18.  The program will run from 11 am – 1:00 pm.  

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OCS Locations:

Arnold City Park — Volunteers should meet at 8:00 am. The park is located at: 1 Bradley Beach Rd, Arnold, MO 63010

Greentree Park — Volunteers should meet at 9:00 am at the shelter. The park is located at: 2202 Marshall Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122

George Winter Park, Volunteers should meet between 8:00 am and 9:00 am at the main picnic  shelter. The park is located at: 401 Allen Road, Saint Louis, MO 63026

Route 66 State Park — Volunteers should meet between 7:00 am to 8:00 am at the Route 66 State Park Visitor Center (Exit 266) located at: 97 N Outer Rd E #1, Eureka, MO 63025

 Meramec State Park — Volunteers should meet at 8:00 am at Shelter #2. The park is located at: 115 Meramec Park Drive, Sullivan, MO 63080-4271. Lunch for volunteers will be at 12:30 pm

Castlewood State Park — Volunteers should meet at 9:00 am at the east side of the River Access Day use Area located at: 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021

For more information: Visit the official Operation Clean Stream site.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalSubmit an activity report to claim your stake in the mega-cool drawing for Stream Team 25th Anniversary greatness. Time is running out to fill up your passport, but you can still check out the fall events, including a float on the Current River!

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6th Annual Water Quality Monitoring Outing at Montauk State Park

Let it be known, by formal declaration of Stream Team 31, the Ozark Fly Fishers, 2014 is … (bum bada bum!) The Year of the Stonefly! An auspicious year. A year of promise. An indicator of most excellent water quality.

That’s the hope, the spirit, of this weekend’s 25th Anniversary outing.

ozark_pinActivities: Enjoy camaraderie, take a fly tying class, eat barbecue, work on your fly casting with a certifie​d casting instructor, learn about Tenkara (Japanese style fly fishing) on stream, win a raffle prize, and have some ice cream at the end of the day. Whew!
Date: July 11 & 12, 2014
Place: Montauk State Park, Salem
Friday: 6:00 p.m. at the Searcy Building
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. at the new pavilion
8:30 p.m. at the Searcy Building

What to expect: We kick off Friday evening the 11th at 6:00 pm at the Searcy Building. Dr. Barry Poulton of the USGS will present a program on the natural history of the Stonefly.

Following Dr. Poulton’s presentation at 7:00 pm, Mark Van Patten, MDC Stream Biologist and host of the PBS TV seriesThe Tying Bench, will present a fly tying class. This class will be dedicated to the imitative forms of the Stonefly. If you do not know how to tie and would like to learn, Mark will provide expert instruction, along with the equipment and materials needed for tying these flies.

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are unfamiliar with Stream Team, Stream Team staff will be on hand to mentor and answer any questions that you may have.

Directions:

For more information: contact Scott Darrough at 314-560-1335 or swdarrough@yaho​o.com Registration is required so that adequate food preparations can be made.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-Final(white-center)Summer is the perfect time to get your family out in the streams. We put a little icing on the cake (and serve up the cake!) with “25 Days of Stream Team,” more than 25 special events that celebrate the good work of our volunteers. Did we mention there are prizes for attending? There are. They’re great prizes. You’re welcome.

Cruise the Creeks in Columbia on June 8

Activities: Bike, walk or skip along the MKT trail and see first-hand what the City of Columbia has done to improve water quality. Then, grab a beer and earn some ca$h money for MSTWC!
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Kicks off at Flat Branch Park in downtown in Columbia

What to expect: Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to ramble! In just a few miles of trail, you’ll learn about how Columbia’s rain gardens and wetlands beautify landscapes and staunch stormwater, watch some riveting time-lapse photography, and learn things about the Flat Branch and Hinkson Creek watersheds that most of its neighbors don’t even know about. Click here for the full line-up.

These are beautiful trails, and the forecast looks like mid-70s. Worth a trip? Absolutely. Want to sweeten the deal? Read on.

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Drink a beer for MSTWC: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing, those darlings, have agreed to give 100% of their proceeds from all Big Muddy Brown Ales sold on June 8th to the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition. We’ll get $1/pint from the first batch after that.

Directions: Make your way to downtown Columbia. You’ll find a small parking lot next to Flat Branch off of Elm Street, and street parking is free on the weekends!

How to get a passport stamp: Check in with the Stream Team table when you arrive at Flat Branch Park!

For more information: Contact Stream Team’s own Amy Meier at Amy.Meier@mdc.mo.gov or by calling (573) 522-4115, ext. 3166.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalWe hope you enjoy hitting the trails as part of Missouri Stream Team’s Silver Celebration. If you just can’t get enough, dust off your kayaks and check out all the stuff we have planned through the rest of the year. Each event  you attend earns a stamp on your passport. Each stamp earns you a chance to win cool prizes. Learn more about the Passport Program here.

Happy Water Watch Week!

Watershed organizations in the Ozarks have joined with business and community partners to sponsor Water Watch Week: 14 days for water-minded people to attend workshops, network and enjoy the water!

For details on all events (including ones in Arkansas!), visit www.waterwatchw​eek.org or click on the links below:

For more information about events visit www.waterwatchw​eek.org or call (417) 739-5001.

Onsite Septic Wastewater Workshop is May 31

photo by Soil Science @ NC State

Activity: Workshop on Onsite Septic Wastewater
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014 (*register by May 28!)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: MDC Central Office, 2901 West Truman Boulevard, Jefferson City, MO

What to expect: Learn about onsite wastewater treatment (a.k.a. “septic”) systems from the state’s experts. The Department of Natural Resources often gets asked, “Who regulates domestic wastewater in Missouri?” The answer is, different state and local agencies! There’s a lot to learn about this subject that’s rarely discussed. Become a local expert through this workshop!

Class size is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be on your own. You will receive a confirmation letter with detailed information about the workshop including an agenda, map to the workshop location, and hotel and restaurant information after you register.

To register, or for more information: Please contact Susan Higgins at (573) 526-1002 or susan.higgins@d​nr.mo.gov by May 28, 2014.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalThis is the first academy featured as a Stream Team 25th Anniversary event, but it won’t be the last! Keep your peepers peeled for a workshop on conducting a litter pickup, too! But that’s not all–Stream Team runs a lot of workshops to further your education all the time. Learn more here.