Litter in and around our local streams is not only unpleasant to look at, but it is also harmful to wildlife, water quality, and community health.
River, lake, & Stream Clean-ups
Each year JRBP hosts annual clean-up events on the James River, Springfield Lake, and Wilson's Creek including Earth Day, River Rescue, Day of Caring, and various smaller urban clean-ups. See JRBP events webpage here, for the next clean-up event.
In three years, JRBP and our motivated volunteers have pulled over 38,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our local rivers. Each year we find single-use plastics, metal, tires, televisions, furniture, appliances, lost toys, mattresses, and much more.
Stream team #1356
We are proud to be members of Missouri Stream Team and Stream Teams United in their efforts to care for our local waterways. We contribute by monitoring water quality, holding cleanups, and providing educational events throughout the James River watershed. Data received by Stream Team provides a benchmark for our region's water quality and access to funding for these vital clean-ups.
In the spring and fall seasons, JRBP hosts an Adopt-a-Highway clean-up along our 1-mile designated stretch of Highway M in Nixa/Clever, Missouri. This stretch of highway is near the confluence of the local James River & Finley River. This hilly stretch of road calls for dedicated volunteers ready to work in possible mud in order to collect bags of trash and treasures such as grills, football helmets, car parts, plastic tubs, and more. See JRBP events webpage here, for the next clean-up event.