Trash Bash Held To Clean Up Waterways

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Hundreds gathered Saturday morning to help clean up Missouri and Illinois waterways as part of the Confluence Trash Bash.

"There are people everywhere, hither and yon, inside the park and outside the park," laughed Mitch Leachman.  He is the executive director of the St. Louis Audubon Society.

He stood on the banks of Creve Coeur Lake.  But, other crews descended on the Missouri side of the Chain Of Rocks Bridge and Illinois' Choteau Island Saturday morning
It was the massive cleanup known as the trash bash.

"Working in streams and creeks and drainages, all that eventually lead into the big rivers," Leachman explained.  "Where we all get our water here in the St. Louis region."

Adults brought sturdy boots, and tough kids.

"We end up getting families.  And, that's always a good sign that education works really well."

"A lot of volunteers actually wanted to come to one of the toughest sites to clean: Site 3.  That's because it was buried under hundreds of old tires."

"Unfortunately, it's an old salvage yard,' Leachman said.  'And, with years and probably decades of flooding along the creek."

But, blatant littering kept people busy elsewhere in the park.  So, the group bagged garbage all morning long.

"And, we like to say that our work here on the cleanups is working ourselves out of a job,' Leachman hoped.  'We'd like to eventually not have to have these cleanups."

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