On Saturday, June 21, 75 Missouri Stream Team volunteers cleaned up close to 40 miles of the Big Piney River.
Seventy five Missouri Stream Team volunteers cleaned up close to 40 miles of the Big Piney River last weekend.
This year 60 large bags of trash, a computer monitor and miscellaneous larger trash was removed from the river compared to 76 large bags of trash in the 2013 river cleanup. Thirty-five tires were removed this year and 55 tires were removed last year.
This is good news for the organizers of the Big Piney River cleanup, the Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association. Scotty Wade, a campground owner and canoe outfitter at Boiling Springs and river cleanup organizer, said that "with more volunteers and more miles of river cleaned up we took out less trash and tires." "It shows that our clean up and watershed education programs are working."
Organizers wish to thank the many partners and supporters of a clean Big Piney River, including the Missouri Stream Team program, Millers Grill, Piney River Brewing Company, Walmart, Town and Country Markets, Landmark Bank, Progressive Ozark Bank, Cabool Insurance, Shetlers Grocery, Cleas, Walkers Parts and Service, Tires Too, Texas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the many volunteers who continue to help keep the beautiful Big Piney River clean.
This year was the 6th Big Piney River cleanup organized by the Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association and is the 25th Anniversary of the Missouri Stream Team program.