Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Boat Ramp, St. Louis, MO
Missouri River Relief really left their mark on Columbia Bottom Conservation Area this time around. The staff and crew were camped for a total of 4 nights and 5 days while we hosted groups, schools, organizations, and dedicated individuals and families for stewardship and education along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. On Thursday, our Education Director Kristen Schulte hosted City Garden Montessori for a full-day field trip called “Investigating the Missouri River” where we took 30 students out on the river for place-based learning about these two great rivers. If you would like to see photos from this event, please check out our Flickr album here.
During the trash scout on Friday, it dawned on us that we may just have entered the “deep-cleaning” phase on this stretch of river. Even though it has been 4 years since we have last been to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, other stretches of the Missouri River haven’t been so lucky. However, there is almost no better place to have a river cleanup than the confluence of our nations two longest rivers, the Missouri and Mississippi. As it turned out, there was no better day to have the event either. The skies opened up to a beautifully sunny day with quite a suggestion that summer was still alive and well.
Even though we had higher than usual water levels to deal with, our huge group of 181 dedicated volunteers tackled the banks of the two rivers and searched high and low for trash that followed the high waters from 2015 and 2017. Altogether, our amazing volunteers picked up 2.93 tons of trash, filling up an entire 40-yard trash dumpster! We are beyond grateful. We also had some much-needed help from some hardcore stream teams from the St. Louis area including the League of Watershed Guardians, Missouri Stream Team 5168 and Arnold Stream Team 211. Some amazing groups from the area also joined us on the river that day, including a large group from Academy of the Sacred Heart, 66th Confluence Baden-Powell Service Association, and the St. Louis Aquarium.
142 Bags of trash!!
Most likely to be used as a weapon:
Best Muddy Ball
Total Volunteers: 243
Total Tonnage: 2.93 Tons!!
Groups Participating: REI, St. Louis Aquarium, Francis Howell, Academy of the Sacred Heart, 66th Confluence Baden-Powell Service Association, Bank of America, League of Watershed Guardians, Missouri Stream Team 5168, Arnold Stream Team 211 and The American Heritage Girls.