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Welcome Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association!

Posted in: Inspiring Teams, People, Splashing Events, Spotlight- Jan 04, 2013 2 Comments

The Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association joined MSTWC on December 1, 2012.

For several incarnations the Big Piney River Watershed Committee came and went.  In January 2012 we determined to move the committee forward and create a solid footing for it.  Almost immediately Susan Higgins and Kat Lackman of the Missouri Stream Team program encouraged our committee to consider becoming a Stream Team Association, which was accomplished by a consensus decision at a May 24 meeting.

The Big Piney River lies in 4 counties of south-central Missouri and extends 110 miles from its origins 4 miles northwest of Cabool flowing northerly to a point 2.8 miles north of I-44 near St. Roberts where it empties into the Gasconade River.   The watershed occupies an area of approximately 755 square miles and has 5 cities and towns within its boundary.  They are Cabool, Houston, Licking, Raymondville, and St. Robert.  In addition, approximately 38% of the Fort Leonard Wood Military Reservation occurs within the watershed.

The new Stream Team Association put together a highly successful Big Piney River cleanup Saturday, June 23. The cleanup started at the MDC Boiling Springs Access southwest of Licking, taking in 18.6 miles of river and removing 3,800 pounds of trash.

We were able to facilitate three additional river cleanups in 2013 and put together a DEA Drug Take-back Event on September 29 which netted 7 large boxes of unused and unwanted pharmaceutical drugs.

On Saturday December 1 the Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association was accepted into the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition.

From its beginning as a watershed committee, members have organized river cleanups and met to discuss watershed issues of common concern.  The next logical step is to turn those concerns into a Watershed Management Plan, which is on our agenda.

We have set the date of our 2013 Big Piney River Cleanup for Saturday, June 22. Watch for details as continued drought conditions will determine which sections of the river can be accessed for the cleanup.  The first of two 2013 DEA Pharmaceutical Take-back events is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Our Association will again participate and assist communities that have asked for help in setting up a Drug Take-back event.  It is fairly easy to do, you need to partner with your local police or sheriff’s department and can get great assistance from the Missouri Rural Water Association to set up an event.  Contact Brad Rayburn at 573-300-8664 orbrayburn@moruralwater.org.

Education–Stewardship–Advocacy: it is a lot to ask of our volunteer members, but if not us, who? and if not now, when?

Submitted by Peter Maki on behalf of the Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association