This event also was conducted in other St. Charles County cities, including Cottleville, Lake Saint Louis, O’Fallon, St. Peters, St. Charles and Wentzville, to remove trash from local streams and lakes. The community-wide annual event was sponsored by the municipalities in conjunction with the General Motors Foundation, Pat Jones, Greenway Network Inc., Missouri Stream Team, Great Rivers Greenway and Walmart.
According to organizers, Mission Clean Stream has become quite a challenge, because too many people do too much damage by throwing a large amount of trash thrown into waterways in a very short time. Last year, about 1,000 volunteers pulled 10 tons of trash out of Dardenne, Peruque, Belleau, Spencer, and Cole creeks in about two hours. The grand total for 2019 was still being tallied at press time.