The annual Operation Clean Stream event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at various locations throughout the Meramec Watershed.

Each year the Bourbeuse River Operation Clean Stream group, along with the Meramec, the Huzzah and Courtois and the Big River groups, clean up stretches of river in the Meramec watershed.

The 33rd annual cleanup activities start early with breakfast donated by the Beaufort Lions club at the Beaufort Lions Hall from 6 to 9 a.m.

Once the cleanup begins, the river is divided into 30 sections with a team captain responsible for getting volunteers to assist.

The day’s cleanup activities end with a hog roast picnic at the Beaufort Lions Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.

Trash from the Bourbeuse River is collected at the Beaufort Lions parking lot. The Beaufort/Leslie Fire departments and the Gerald Boy Scouts will wash all the tires brought in so they can be recycled.

Each year approximately 30 yards of trash along with four tandem loads of tires are collected just by the Bourbeuse River Operation Clean Stream group.

The annual event features three traveling trophies presented to the most tires collected by a team, the oddest piece of trash collected, and the biggest item.

Cleanup expenses for this operation include tire and trash disposal and post picnic supplies. Funds for these expenses are raised through T-shirt sales and raffle tickets for a 17-foot Osagian canoe.

The Bourbeuse Clean Stream Team has been participating in the event since 1985. More than 300 people are involved in just the Bourbeuse River cleanup operation.


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