Bike With Your Boots On is a bicycle event that stops along Grant’s Trail taking water quality measurements along the way. Its a nice way to get exercise and get a better understanding of a local stream.
We started out in a parking lot meeting together and splitting into groups so we could go faster.
It didn’t take long and were heading down the trail to do our monitoring. The family happily ahead of me. I was a bit slower on a unicycle.
Here we are doing some monitoring.
After we finished up, we headed to a nice picnic to celebrate our work. Check out the video Danelle made about the event!
Our family (mostly Danelle) is involved in Missouri Stream Team. Danelle tends to act more on the organizational and science side of Stream Team. This means running meetings and performing monitoring. The other side of Stream Team is the cleanup side. There are a dedicated group of people that go out many weekends each year to remove trash to keep our streams and rivers clean. This is one of the few actual cleanups that we get to. Danelle and Sonora went out first while I went to Corvin’s soccer game. Later, Corvin and I went out and helped with the last half.
The photos above give a view into the amount of trash that comes out from cleanups. An amazing amount of tires are found at every cleanup, its quite sad. Thanks to the people doing the cleanups! We were honored to be part of your group on this Saturday!
The last weekend in July is the annual Stream Team picnic. We have been going for several years and the kids are quite fond of it. The activities keep the kids happy. Our family tends to do well in the canoe races and gets too many trophies.
If that were not enough, the raffle is always fun. The kids are always excited to pick out a prize for themselves.
It is topped off with tube floating down the Meramec river. I choose to drive shuttle this year.
We met around 9 am in the morning for this cleanup. I believe it was an event organized by the River Des Peres Watershed Coalition. It had been planned a few months out and had a fair number of volunteers.
The area in the black rectangle was the focus of our work. Map by Google
At the start, the group was splitting into two. First, a group of people that were set to get very dirty to go down into the creek. There was trash and tires to find and remove. Corvin and Danelle went to this group.
The second group was for people that were not quite ready to get that dirty, that is where Sonora and I ended up along with about 10 high school girls getting service hours. We headed into a small clearing next to a construction site. There we waded ankle deep into trash that was mostly bottles and cups.
Cleaning up was hard work that required a break half way through. We sat on railroad tracks. Lucky for us, the railroad shut down the tracks for the duration of the cleanup!
Once all the cups were picked up, there were tons of Styrofoam packing peanuts on the ground. Many of us ended up sitting down on the ground and picking them up. It was hard gross work, but the site is significantly improved due to our efforts.
While we were working hard, Corvin found Eric and rode around like a boss with a big smile on his face!
We participated in the annual River Des Peres cleanup. I think it has a cooler name, but Danelle isn’t here to ask. We got there early to help setup. Corvin was creative with the sign.
Once the event got going and people showed up, we ended splitting up into three groups. Danelle stayed around the main camp and took photos, Sonora went with some people we knew, Corvin and I went to a remote site with a boat to help clean up.
Corvin and I ended up driving my van down/on Grant’s Trail to get to the put in. From there, we drug the boat a ways down to the creek. Corvin and I shuttled people across the creek so they could clean up on both sides while the other canoe focused on water based clean up.
When the cleaning up was complete, we met back where we started for lunch. We had to rush lunch a bit as Corvin had a soccer game, but it all worked out!