The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking for help from citizen scientists (that's you!) to assist in collecting snails from your stream. This effort will help develop future water quality criteria and will also be used to map the distribution of Missouri snails.
Stream Team Water Quality Monitors of any training level can help! Collection is as easy as picking up snails from the stream and placing them in a vial with preservative. MDC staff will identify the snails in a lab, so the volunteer collecting only needs to be able to identify a critter as a snail or not a snail.
To sign up, click here:
Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association is offering a Plywood Canoe Building Workshop for Teens involved in Organized Youth Groups. Sponsored by: Paddle Stop, Greenway Network, Missouri Stream Team
For more info: CLICK HERE
There is a scheduled tree planting on the North Fork of the White at Patrick Bridge on March 7. The MDC agent, Nathan Rectenwald has 89 three gallon, eleven 15 gallon trees as well as 50 willow stakes on order. Nathan and his staff will meet us at the Patrick Bridge access at 9am to begin planting. He may also have a backhoe with auger to dig holes for the larger trees, but we should bring shovels for the three gallon trees. We will wear waders to plant the willow stakes at the river bank.
The plan is to car pool to Bryan Bade's Sunburst Ranch, Float & Camp at the North Fork River | Sunburst Ranch on Friday, March 6. So far six from Mid-Mo and Chris from Mo-Kan plan to go.
Bryan offered to guide and provide a shore lunch for $350 for the day. He would contact other guides if necessary. Depending on numbers, tree planting could take most of Saturday, so let's stay to fish Sunday.
If you are interested in participating, contact Jeff Holzem: email@example.com
Come help us remove trash and debris from the waterways within the Confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Enjoy fresh air, camaraderie, and the rewarding feeling that comes from working together!
DATE: Saturday March 21, 2020
LOCATION: Take your pick of ten locations throughout the Confluence Area:
Want to get out on the river with Missouri River Relief? Register for Mosenthein Island cleanup:
MORE INFO HERE: https://greatriversgreenway.org/trash-bash/
Would you like to learn about the physical, biological, and chemical aspects of streams? Have you always wanted to know what those spineless critters are that live in the bottom of the stream? Now is your chance!
The Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) Program is a cooperative effort between the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri to involve citizens in water quality monitoring. The objectives of the Program are to educate about the condition of Missouri's aquatic resources, establish an extensive water quality monitoring network, and provide a knowledge base that citizens can draw upon to be advocates for improved water quality. As interest and expertise increase, volunteers can receive advanced training to learn more about streams and become more proficient at monitoring .
Here is a link with the details: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Workshop-Announcement--Intro-to-VWQM.html?soid=1103604999107&aid=bwOQE5IRUK4
We would like to thank all of our Chapter members who attended our tree planting event yesterday at Maramec Spring Park. We would also like to thank James Foundation/Maramec Spring Park and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for all of their help in making this project a success.
All together we planted 34 trees with everyone’s help! Thanks again to everyone for helping make this a successful event!
Big thanks to Glenda Celestino, Ed Heist, Michael Hey, Brett Hopwood, Norm Krupp, Gregg Lamb, Laura Logan, Austin Shockley and Matt Wier for their participation of the first annual joint river clean up between Missouri Smallmouth Alliance and Gateway Trout Unlimimted sponsored by SweetWater Brewery.
The group was able to fill 4 red bags with trash (and probably another 3 to 4 bags worth in the back of Norm's truck), 3 tires, 2 fishing rods, and a rusty old gas can. The weirdest find was that hot air popcorn popper just upstream from the confluence of the Meramec and the Dry Fork.
Everyone had a great time and a big thanks to Gregg Lamb for the hospitality at Meremac Scenic View.
MSA/GTU are working together to make this an annual event. In 2020, we are looking at a bit earlier in the year. Stay tuned for dates!
On Friday, October 4th GTU members Michael Hey and Earl Barge teamed up with the MDC and Ozark Land Trust to help a private land owner with improve riparian habitat. Mike and Earl do a great job with the Stream Team and have have a few upcoming projects in the works and volunteers are needed.
Great job Mike & Earl!
If you would like to volunteer on projects like this, please contact Michael Hey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendars for the weekend of October 26-27, 2019 and join Stream Teams United in our efforts to battle invasive bush honeysuckles!
Stream Teams United was recently awarded a Wholesale Impact Grant from Patagonia to encourage and equip Missouri Stream Teams to remove invasive non-native plants in the Missouri River corridor from Hermann to St. Louis. As part of this effort, we are hosting a training workshop for Missouri Stream Teams and the public on Saturday October 26, 2019 at the Weldon Spring Interpretive Center on Hwy 94, just west of the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. The following day, October 27, we are hosting a field work day to remove bush honeysuckle from locations on the Busch Conservation Area. Register for the workshop or field day here.
For more information, click here: https://www.streamteamsunited.org/honeysuckle-warrior-weekend.html
We have an opportunity October 4th to assist MDC and a landowner on the Meramec River by placing and securing fabric cloth covers around recently planting trees. This will help keep weeds down around the new trees and enhance erosion protection as well. We are looking for a few volunteers to assist on the project.
Michael is working on another 3-4 tree planting opportunities this Fall.
If you are interested in this or future tree planting projects, please contact Michael Hey at 636-256-0108.