12th Annual cleanup of rivers and creeks within the Mississippi and Missouri River Confluence
Great Rivers Greenway, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and Missouri American Water are proud to sponsor the 12th Annual Confluence Trash Bash, being held Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 8 a.m. to noon. Area residents are invited to join cleanup efforts, helping to improve the condition of our waterways. To date, volunteers have removed more than 150 tons of trash and about 6,500 tires from area streams and rivers.
Volunteers can choose from the following locations for check-in and a free bagel breakfast from 8-8:45 a.m.:
- Berkley City Hall, 8425 Airport Rd., Berkeley MO 63134
- Bridgeton Government Center, 12355 Natural Bridge Rd., Bridgeton MO 63044
- Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, Creve Coeur Lakehouse Restaurant, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Rd., St. Louis MO 63146
- Dellwood Recreation Center, 10266 West Florissant Ave., Dellwood MO 63136
- Sunset Park, 2300 Sunset Park Drive, Florissant MO 63031
- Hanley Hills City Hall, 7713 Utica Dr., Hanley Hills MO 63133
- White Birch Park, Disc Golf Course, 1186 Teson Rd. Hazelwood MO 63042
- North Riverfront Park, 10550 Riverview Dr., St. Louis MO 63137
- Wild Acres Park, 2500 Ashby Rd., Overland MO 63114
- Pagedale City Hall, 1420 Ferguson Ave., St. Louis MO 63133
- Mosenthein Island with Missouri River Relief (on the water);check-in at North Riverfront Park, 10550 Riverview Dr, St. Louis, MO 63137
Specific cleanup sites will then be assigned near each of the starting locations.
“The Confluence Trash Bash is the perfect cleanup for seasoned volunteers and newcomers alike,” says Tom Schweiss, Great Rivers Greenway Conservation Program Manager. “This one-day event brings together people of all ages who are willing to work hard, have fun, and get a little bit muddy to improve water quality and wildlife habit. At the end of the day, it’s always rewarding to see how much trash we have removed from the waterways surrounding the Confluence in just three hours.”
All are welcome, and no experience is required. Individual volunteers, civic groups and youth organizations are encouraged to attend. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and gloves. Trash bags will be provided.
Partners on this event include St. Louis Audubon, Greenway Network, League of Watershed Guardians, St. Louis Brightside, St. Louis County, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri Stream Team. Participating municipalities include St. Louis County, cities of St. Louis, Maryland Heights, Creve Coeur, Florissant, Bridgeton, Overland, Hanley Hills, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Jennings, Hazelwood, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Berkley, Dellwood, Jennings, Pagedale, and Town & Country.
The event is free, but pre-registration is preferred so Trash Bash organizers can coordinate cleanup sites. Click here to register online.