Join MDC and partners March 19 for an epic cleanup and festival in Meramec River Watershed

Photo: MDC

Missouri Stream Teams and Dome Life are organizing a large-scale cleanup event, followed by a festival with food and live music.

The Meramec River is an aquatic gem in the St. Louis region—a great river for floating, fishing, and recreation.  Part of what makes a great river great is the watershed that surrounds it and feeds it.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Missouri Stream Teams, and Dome Life invite the public to be part of an epic cleanup event to help make the Meramec and its watershed a better place, and to a festival after to celebrate the success.

The Dome Life Stream Team Mid-Meramec River Cleanup will take place Saturday, March 19 starting at 8 a.m.  The public is invited to join in this effort that includes both land and water trash cleanups, and invasive plant removal projects along 26 miles of the Meramec River.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for all of us to improve the Meramec watershed and its natural communities, and to make the area a better place to recreate, enjoy, and live in,” said MDC Resource Science Aid, Brian Waldrop.

Cleanups and invasive species removals will be held at the following locations.  Participants can choose the one they prefer:

Robertsville State Park and Access
Don Robinson State Park
Route 66 State Park and Access
Catawissa Conservation Area
Pacific Palisades Conservation Area and Access
LaBarque Creek Conservation Area
Hilda J. Young Conservation Area
Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area
Allenton Access

After participants are done with the cleanup, they can enjoy the festival taking place at Robertsville State Park that afternoon and evening.  Visit educational and informational booths, enjoy nature programs and activities for all ages and abilities. There will be food trucks on site offering options for dinner from 3:30-7 p.m., guest speakers, and live local music performances from 7-10 p.m.

The Dome Life Stream Team Mid-Meramec River Cleanup event and festival are free.  However, participants must register online at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/4os.  See a list of camping facilities near the event, too.

Robertsville State Park is located of I-44 at 902 State Park Drive in Robertsville.

As this is an in-person activity, MDC asks all participants to observe current local social distancing and masking guidelines. Bringing and wearing face coverings is encouraged when appropriate.

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