As you are out and about in early Spring, you may notice green and red mesh bags along the roadways, in the parks and along the rivers and streams in St Charles County. These will be gathered by the hundreds of families, scout and church groups and other volunteers who scour the county to clean up trash. Every bit of trash picked up by these super heroes is a bit of trash that doesn’t make its way into our rivers and streams. Trash in our waterways is more than just unsightly. It pollutes our drinking water and destroys the natural habitat of plants and animals that rely on clean, fresh water just like we do.
2022 marked the 20th anniversary of Mission: Clean Stream in St Charles County. Over the past 20 years, thousands of volunteers have picked up an average of 10 tons of trash each year. Historic dumping sites have been cleared of tons of metal and hundreds of tires. Our amazing volunteers and dedicated city and county employees have made our county a better place. Check out this video
if you want to know more about what is involved in cleaning up a stream.
UPDATE on March 24: The Greg Poleski Memorial Clean-up at Cora Island that was scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday March 25, will be rescheduled. Unfortunately, the parking lot is too muddy, and if it continues to rain, the access road can become impassible. Mission: Clean Stream is taking place all across the County on March 25. Most of the other locations do not have the same access issues that Cora has, so they typically take place rain or shine. We would love it if you would participate at one of those sites. You may contact the municipalities directly to see if they can use your help, or you can check on the Mission: Clean Stream and/or their Facebook pages or websites for updates. We hope to see you soon!
How to Register
You can find all the information you need HERE.