The Annual Big River clean-up, an Open Space Council project, will take place on Saturday, August 22nd. Our Clean Stream Team will be meeting at Byrnes Mill Park parking lot at 8:30am. We will shuttle our boats and canoes to the put-in point at Rockford Beach at the Hwy W Bridge Big River access. The team will float down to Byrnes Mill Park gathering tires, cans, bottles, trash and anything else that doesn’t belong in the river. We’ll float a little over a mile and a half which takes about 3 to 3 ½ hours. Once our treasures are unloaded, volunteers will enjoy a light lunch at the Byrnes Mill Park Pavilion.
We are always looking for additional volunteers and boats. Jon boats work best, but canoes and kayaks are also useful. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet friends and neighbors while making a difference in the environment of your community. We have T-shirts and gloves for everyone who registers early. If you are interested in helping, please contact Robert Kiczenski at 636-671-7707 or email Robert.Kiczenski@hotmail.com. Wear clothing you can get wet and dirty. Bring drinking water and sun screen. You will be surprised how beautiful the Big River can be.
For those of you who prefer to keep your feet on land, there is another group of volunteers working to clean the upstream and downstream shorelines near the park. This group also meets at Byrnes Mill Park around 8:30am. T-shirts, gloves, snacks and refreshments will also be provided for all volunteers who register early.
If you are interested in donating af few hours to beautify the Big River, contact Scott Darrough at 314-560-1335. This is an excellent youth group activity.
2014 Clean Stream Volunteers