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Hinkson Clean Sweep is this Saturday, October 11

Activities: Work with other volunteers from the City of Columbia to clean up area streams.
Date: Saturday, October 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Place: Various locations around Columbia

What to Expect: Basically the most rockin’ trash bash this side of the Missouri. Mike Heimos, the City of Columbia’s stormwater educator, has been running the show for at least ten years, but he goes so hard he doesn’t pause to count them. The first year he tried a city cleanup, 48 people showed up. Last year? 2,400.

They’re all marching under the banner of the Columbia Crawdads, a city-wide Stream Team that, Heimos says, “has such an amazing following. It just blows my mind.”

He’s not exaggerating. In addition to collecting more than a ton of trash each Clean Sweep, cleanup groups now hit Columbia streams 2-3 times each month. The Stormwater Education Facebook page has more than 1,300 fans, some of its YouTube videos have thousands of views, and its Instagram cranks out hundreds of photos of the faces and places the Heimos crew works to restore.

What to Do: Well, first and foremost, you have to register. Go do that now and come back to us. We’ll wait…

Ok, so you know where you’re going? You can start showing up there any time after 9:30 A.M. You’ll sign in your group, get your clean up supplies and receive instructions from the Stream Captains. Then you’ll pick up trash! You’ll make new friends! It’ll be great.

What to Bring:  Yourself and everyone in your group! All supplies will be provided for at your site – clean up bags, gloves, just about everything you will need. Just make sure you have your toes covered and you’re comfortable in the weather.

Where you can go from here: “The goal of the Clean Sweep is to let people know they can do cleanups in Columbia as a volunteer opportunity,” Heimos says. “What we’ve found is, we don’t need to do this anymore; Once volunteers come and do it, they realize they can continue throughout the year.” In the past two months, for instance, Heimos has arranged 16 cleanups, and he only had to meet with a quarter of them to get them started. The rest already knew the drill.

“In Columbia, the polluter is us,” Heimos says. “We’re a suburban/urban area, there’s no factory on the hill pumping out pollution. It’s us: motor oil, cigarette butts, pet waste, Shakespeare’s cups, Harpo’s cups, plastic spoons and straws.”

So now’s your chance to turn “people pollution” into “people solutions.” Go sweep the Hinkson clean, and let us know how it goes!

For more information: Peruse the “Clean Sweeper’s Rules.” or email volunteer@GoColumbiaMo.com.

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalThis is one of your last chances at Stream Team 25th Anniversary greatness. So enjoy the fall day, get those last stamps on your passport, and look forward to cool prizes!


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.

It’s Earth Day! Get out and celebrate all around Missouri

photo by Flickr user Ostrosky Photography

Happy Earth Day, Stream Teamers! It’s a beautiful day in the Show-Me State, so you’re spending quality time with Mother Nature. Actually, you should get outside right now! Go on! This blog post will wait right here…

Gee, wasn’t that neat? Now, if you want to commune with your fellow humans to celebrate the Earth, we have some suggestions for that, too. Here’s a quick overview of Earth Day festivals and events taking place in cities all over the state.  (Bonus: Missouri State Parks have hikes and celebrations planned as well.)

Scroll down for info on how to get a stamp on your Stream Team Anniversary Passport for attending one of these events or even just doing something yourself.

If you know of some more activities this week, please leave us a comment below!



Columbia Area Earth Day Festival: It’s one of the oldest Earth Day festivals in the state and includes a vibrant street fair, kids’ park,  earthy entertainment and educational talks throughout the day.

Details: Sunday, April 27, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. in downtown Columbia near Peace Park

Jefferson City

edaylogoMissouri Department of Natural Resources Earth Day Celebration: The Department of Natural Resources is determined to make this 20th anniversary of a capitol Earth Day the best ever, with a  Teachers’ Resource Room, live presentations, hands-on crafts from recycled materials, and more exhibitors than ever before.

Bonus: Stream Team will have a booth here. Come say hello!

Details: Friday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Capitol Lawn 

Kansas City

Check out a Native Plant Sale on April 26 at The City Market. Photo by Van Wiskur from the Missouri Prairie Foundation.
Check out a Native Plant Sale on April 26 at The City Market. Photo by Van Wiskur from the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

Hopefully you made it to last weekend’s early Earth Day events at Powell Gardens and the Kansas City Zoo. If not, no worries! This week, the city is ripe with things to green up your life and community. For instance, today is Keep Kansas City Beautiful’s big Electronics Recycling event at the Sprint Center. There’s a talk about “Sacred Waters: the Middle Missouri & Central Prairie Freshwater Ecoregions” tomorrow, and Saturday will see a volunteer community cleanup, an ecological restoration project in Swope Park, a compost giveaway in Overland Park, and a native plant sale at The City Market.

You can find more Kansas City environmental event information now and throughout the year at Greenability Magazine’s events calendar.


Dickerson Park Zoo is hosting a Party for the Planet with ‘green’ activities and animals hunting for Easter eggs. What a hoot!

Details: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Dickerson Park Zoo

St. Louis

sled-logo-new@2xEnjoy three stages of entertainment, learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses, meet area non-profits that share the mission of Earth Day, and participate in a variety of hands-on educational activities for this multipart event.

Earth Day Eve: Saturday, April 26, 2014
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Muny at McKinley Dr. & Pagoda Cir., Forest Park

Recycling Extravaganza: Sunday, April 27, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus, off Oakland Avenue

Earth Day Festival: Sunday, April 27, 2014
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Muny grounds of Forest Park

Get your passport stamped

If you attend any of these events or even celebrated Earth Day in your own way, just submit an activity report to us and make sure you specify that it was an Earth Day event. We’ll send your stamp out in a jiffy! More details on the Passport Program here…

25th-ST_Logo-Color-FinalEarth Day celebrations are part of more than 25 activities we’re highlighting for Missouri Stream Team’s 25th anniversary. We have cleanups, education events and even a big float trip coming up now through October, so mark your calendars!