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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.