Area residents and organizations are invited to register with the City of O’Fallon for Mission: Clean Stream, which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 14. In the event of rough weather or high water, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 21.
Mission: Clean Stream is an annual county-wide event sponsored by the cities of O’Fallon, Wentzville, St. Peters, St. Charles, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie and Lake St. Louis, in partnership with Greenway Network, Inc. and Missouri River Relief, with additional sponsorship by Missouri Stream Team, Cee Kay Supply, Inc., and Wal-Mart.
Last year, roughly 1,000 volunteers collected almost 10 tons of trash from Dardenne, Peruque, Belleau, Spencer and Cole creeks in St. Charles County. Some of the trash is turned into through the Stream Trash ART (START) project, which provides artists with found art materials to create new eco art.
“This annual event is a meet-up to clean up, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Michele Gremminger O’Fallon’s Stormwater Management Coordinator. “We start off by meeting for breakfast snacks and coffee, then we get our assignments and work in teams, and we are able to remove a lot of trash in a short time. Kids love it. So it’s a really good event for families, scouting or church groups. And it’s an important event, because all of our creeks and streams drain into larger waterways. Cleaning up here in O’Fallon beautifies our community and helps protect wildlife by preventing plastics and other trash from washing into lakes, rivers and the ocean, where it can maim or kill birds and marine life.”
Pre-registration is required for O’Fallon’s Mission: Clean Stream, so that supplies, assignments and maps can be prepared in advance. T-shirts will be available to registered volunteers on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, contact O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services at 636-379-5408 or 636-379-5507, or email email@example.com.