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Stream Team to clean Roubidoux and Gasconade waterways in June
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (March 11, 2009) — Pulaski County Tourism Bureau officials have announced tentative plans to clean two area waterways as part of the Missouri Stream Team's twentieth anniversary celebration.

Plans call for a two-day event on Saturay and Sunday, June 13 and 14, on the Roubidoux Creek in Waynesville and the Gasconade River north of the city.

A "fun float" and litter pickup event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Gasconade River. According to Tourism Bureau officials, floaters will be shuttled from the Waynesville City Park to the put-in on the Cox Brothers property on the Gasconade River so no vehicles will be left on the Cox Brothers property. LaZ Day and Boiling Spring canoe liveries will provide canoes and shuttle to the pickup point. Floaters are responsible for reserving and paying for their own canoe rental; lunch will not provided.

Tourism Bureau officials estimate that the total float time with litter pick-up and relaxation will be three to four hours, ending about 4:30 p.m. Shuttles will run from the take-out point from 4 to 4:30 p.m. only, with no early shuttle to park. Times are still tentative and shuttle arrangements for the Gasconade floaters to the Waynesville City Park from the take out have not been finalized. A trash disposal container or trailer is needed at the Roubidoux confluence for volunteers from both the Gasconade floaters and the Navy Seabees Detachment for Fort Leonard Wood.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, members of the Roubidoux Fly Fishers Association and the Navy Seabees will clean the Roubidoux Creek from the Roubidoux Spring in Waynesville to the confluence of the Roubidoux Creek and Gasconade River. Additional volunteers are welcome, tourism officials said. Canoes for the Seabees for trash cleanup will be provided by Outdoor Recreation. The Roubidoux clean-up should end around the same time as the float trip.

Tourism Bureau officials say they will try to make the logistics work so participants from both groups will be back in time for a planned 5 p.m. barbecue without having a long wait.

A hog roast and barbecue will be held at 5 p.m. at the Waynesville City Park following the cleanup work. Speakers to be invited include Governor Jay Nixon, Waynesville Mayor Cliff Hammock, state legislators, Missouri Department of Conservation Director John Hoskins, Conservation Federation of Missouri Executive Director Dave Murphy, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton. Bluegrass music and relaxation will begin at 6 p.m.

Educational events will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, with a breakfast beforehand from 7 to 8:30 a.m. served at the Waynesville City park. Topics include water quality monitoring demonstrations of chemical, biological and physical aspects of water quality; fly fishing instruction, fly tying instruction and guided fly fishing for trout organized by the Roubidoux Fly Fishers Association; special projects possibly including removing a wrecked RV from the Roubidoux; and Stream Team poster displays. Sunday activities will end with pack-up, police-up, and heading home at noon.

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