Precious Earth: Operation Clean Stream

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(KPLR) - Katherine Dockery, from the Open Space Council, stopped by to talk about Operation Clean Stream. This event has been going on since 1967. Every year, the Open Space Council for the St. Louis region has organized Operation Clean Stream, one of the nations' largest and longest running river restoration projects.

The event happens the fourth weekend of every August. Event 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 2011, volunteers worked to remove 390 cubic yards of trash, 2,000 waste tires and 50,000 pounds of metal. All materials collected were properly disposed of or recycled.

In addition to the cleanup, this year’s event will feature several other educational attractions, including: wildlife displays, water quality demonstrations and information on native plants.

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