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 email@example.com
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.
GTU/Stream Team member Michael Hey has been in contact with MDC regarding tree planting and related projects for September forward.
They are currently in the planning phase of 4-5 events this Fall.
One will be in Eureka, MO on the Meremac River. The others will be near Leasburg, MO on the Huzzah River.
Mike is in the process of coordinating dates for these events, details will be coming soon.
In the meantime, if you have interest in projects like this that are intended to improve water quality, habitat, and the animals who depend on our stewardship of this planet, we want to hear from you!
Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The annual Operation Clean Stream event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, at various locations throughout the Meramec Watershed.
Each year the Bourbeuse River Operation Clean Stream group, along with the Meramec, the Huzzah and Courtois and the Big River groups, clean up stretches of river in the Meramec Watershed.
The 34th annual cleanup activities start early Saturday with breakfast at the Beaufort Lions Hall from 6 to 9 a.m. The Lions Club will act as a home base for the day.
For more info, CLICK HERE.
There is a Level 1 workshop scheduled for September 21st at Babler State Park. It lasts all day. Interested parties need to have completed the Intro class and should go to the Missouri Stream Team website to register. Here are more details.
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Babler State Park
800 Guy Park Dr
Wildwood, MO 63005
Volunteers who have successfully completed the Introductory workshop and have submitted the Site Selection data sheet, Stream Discharge and Macroinvertebrate data, are eligible to attend a Level 1 workshop.
This is the workshop through which volunteers qualify to receive chemical monitoring equipment. This level of training covers physical monitoring (i.e., visual survey), chemical monitoring and reviews biological monitoring. Like the Introductory workshop, this class includes a midday field trip to a nearby stream where techniques to conduct a visual survey and measure water chemistry are practiced.
To register visit www.mostreamteam.org or email email@example.com. Registration MUST be received by Wednesday, Sept. 11 and is limited to 30 people.