14th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash a Smash!

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 1:43 PM

The 14th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash & Watershed Festival was a breakout success this year! 650 volunteers stepped forward to help with this watershed-wide event that included 16 different cleanup sites, ranging from the headwaters, picking up major tributary creeks along the way, down to the confluence of the River des Peres and the Mississippi River.

Adding to this year's success were 2 motorized jon boats provided by Missouri River Relief. Thanks to MMR, we were able to handle hard-to-get sites in the confluence area. This was a first for our RdP operation.

This year again we were able to recycle materials at the Willmore Park location, thanks to Brightside St. Louis. Volunteer registration sites were established at the UMSL South Campus CHERP location; Heman Park in University City; and our new rally location at Willmore Park, along the RdP main channel.

Numerous Girl Scout troops, families, Stream Team veterans and people of all ages came to do their share. This was the second year we hosted the Watershed Festival in association with the clean up and many organizations came for educational outreach activities. A free BBQ lunch was provided for all volunteers who could rendezvous at Willmore Park immediately following the clean up. Live music was provided by the popular band Keltic Reign and prizes awarded for the most unusual, most valuable, and biggist Trash Treasures!

A record breaking trash haul was aggregated and reported; 

TIRE COUNT = 165
5 tons of trash removed (solid waste landfill)
1.4 tons of recycled material
1.4 tons of scrap metal removed
1.3 tons - single stream recycled
35 inlet stormwater markers set in place

We extend our sincere appreciation to all of our growing number of partners and sponsors without whom this event could not take place: 

THE METROPOLITAN SEWER DISTRICT THE GREAT RIVERS GREENWAY DISTRICT
THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
MISSOURI STREAM TEAMS
LEAGUE OF WATERSHED GUARDIANS
SCHLAFLY BREWERY
THE SOUTHWEST DINER
THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS
THE CITY OF DES PERES
THE CITY OF GLENDALE
THE CITY OF CLAYTON
THE CITY OF HANLEY HILLS
MISSOURI RIVER RELIEF

Also, a special thanks goes out to the Missouri Parks Association, MSD's Project Clear, Great Rivers Greenway, The Wild Ones, 1Mississippi, and the Sierra Club, all of whom participated in the Watershed Festival.

We are determined to protect and improve our urban rivers and streams. We can and will restore the River des Peres and its tributaries that flow to the Mississippi. "Eventually all things merge into one and a River runs through it."

(Story provided by Steve Nagle, RdPWC Trash Bash Coordinator)