St. Charles Missouri River Cleanup 2015

Blanchette Landing, St. Charles, MO
Saturday, September 12th, 2015

A huge, Big Muddy thanks to the 256 volunteers that donated their Saturday morning to help clean-up the Missouri River in St. Charles!

This was our 10th river clean-up in St. Charles. With the recent flooding, plus some serious searching by all of the volunteers, there was no problem finding piles of scrap metal, tires, bottles and stryofoam to clean up off of the muddy banks.  7.7 TONS of trash were removed in just a few short hours, to include an astounding 169 tires!  Thanks for helping make it happen!   

2015 St. Charles Cleanup
169 tires were removed from the banks of the Missouri River! Photo by Melanie Cheney.

This event was hosted by Missouri River Relief and sponsored by Ameristar CasinoMissouri American Water, and a bunch of great Sponsors & Partners listed on the right.  

Biologists from the Missouri Department of Conservation, alongside MRR boats helped shuttle 256 volunteers on a beautiful clear September morning, to help us remove 7.7 TONS of junk from the river!

Trash Tally:

194 bags of trash
169 tires
2 refrigerators (1 small, 1 regular size)
1 freezer chest top
1 hot water heater
1 kitchen counter top
1 pressure tank
5 propane tanks
3 200-gallon oil tanks
1 gas can
1 oil funnel
1 set couch springs
4 stuffed sofa cushions
1 TV cable wire
1 hot pink rocking chair side
1 swivel patio chair
2 plastic lawn chairs
2 folding chairs
1 wooden wall shelf
1 shopping cart
1 42” fluorescent light
2 coolers
8 5-gallon plastic buckets
2 5-gallon metal buckets
5 55-gal. metal drums
3 55-gal. plastic barrels
1 2.5-gal. fungicide container
8 plastic tubs
4 plastic chemical containers
15 chunks Styrofoam
1 DOT “Right of Way” signpost
2 orange highway cones
11 balls
1 heavy 14” self-defense iron pipe
1 shovel blade
1 metal gasoline additive can
1 mini ice cube tray
1 golf towel
1 gourd rattle
1 rubber duck
1 inside of a "Magic 8 Ball"
1 green ceramic frog
1 matchbox car
1 castle door with buttresses
1 truck bumper
2 plastic bumper guards
1 sitting pad for mechanic
3 molded plastic car parts
1 TV frame
1 TV tube
4 tarps
1 tent pole
1 Batman play tent (perfect condition)
1 German beer bottle with ceramic stopper and message inside
4 pieces corrugated roofing
17 pieces rebar
numerous steel cables
numerous steel rods
numerous angle iron pieces
numerous metal strips
32 squares of iron
1 wire oven rack
1 BBQ grill top
1 freestanding iron fire box with door and top ornament
assorted guttering
beige vinyl siding
1 4x8 plywood sheet
assorted plastic sheeting
1 10’ board
1 2x4
1 4x8 sheet rock piece
assorted plastic tubing
6 rubber hoses
1 youth life vest (50-90 lbs., purple & yellow, needs repair)
1 billboard-size plastic sign, “Start a New Day, St. Louis Post Dispatch”

205 St. Charles Cleanup
We couldn't have done it with our awesome volunteers! All 256 of them. Photo by Emily Leonard.


Best Darned Find of the Day
8 Ball Toy
Message in a Bottle
Marvel Mystery Oil

Weirdest Trash
Sponge Bob Doll

Biggest Trash
Car Bumper

Oldest Trash
Fossil Rock (not really trash)

Best Muddy Ball

Most Likely to be Used as a Weapon
Pointy Metal Stick

Best Animal Find
Happy Lawn Frog

Most Fashionable
Golf Towel

St. Charles Cleanup Results

Photo album on Flickr

Photo album on Facebook

Cleanup Videos


Total Volunteers: 256

  • Boats: 7 (5 MRR, 2 MDC)
  • River Miles Cleaned: 9.5 (MM23 - MM32.5)
  • River Stage: 16-ft. @ St. Charles gauge
  • Landfill: 3.50 tons
  • Scrap Metal: 1.3 tons
  • Tires: 169 - 2.90 tons

Total Trash Tonnage: 7.70 tons

Groups Participating: Missouri River Relief Crew, Mighty Stream Team 211, Tamil Sangam, Ameristar, Boeing, 1 Mississippi, BAML, REI, Shiloh Robotics, Chadwick Estates, Francis Howell High School, Ohmkaram, Mindstorm Troopers, St. Louis Adventure Group, Bank of America, Girl Scout Troop 4274

Fun Team Names: Team Stinky Fish, Hellbenders, Rubber Duckies, Excavators, Flying Carp, Electrobotz, Ameristar, The A-Team, Party of 5, Dirty Kids, The River Giraffes, Lou's Crew, Jasmine's Choice, River Otters, The Jaguars, Pink Fluffy Unicorns, The Vikings, Tiger Team, Eager Beavers Batman Crew, Indian!, Fish Stix, Team Tiger

A Big Muddy Thank You To Our Event Sponsors:

Event Partners

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