Third times a charm. That’s the hope of the 1819 Hannibal Stream Team, which twice this year has been forced to cancel planned attempts at cleaning debris from Bear Creek. The third attempt will come Saturday morning, according to Brian Chaplin of the Stream Team.
“It’s a time for everybody to get together and clean the (Bear Creek) stream. It’s not just for clean water, it’s for the habitat. It protects the fish and wildlife,” he said. “I remember back in the day I used to play in the creeks, but it seems like any more if you get into a creek you’re going to find appliances, and things you could get cut on or hurt on. There’s garbage everywhere.”
Participants will gather at 9 a.m. at the Bear Creek Trail near the South Main bridge.
“We will end at noon. That’s when we’ll thank everybody and give them their ‘goodies,’” said Chaplin, explaining that the “goodies” bag will include among other things a Stream Team T-shirt and bandanna.
A parent or guardian must accompany all participants 11 and under. A parent and guardian must sign a waiver for anyone under 18.
Chaplin anticipates a good turnout.
“I think we’ve got around 40 on the (sign-up) list,” he said. “A few more have called and said they would like to be a part of the Stream Team on Saturday morning.
“Just show up and let’s have fun.”
Gloves and cleanup supplies will be provided, along with snacks and water.
“Wear some pants, jeans or long pants, and bring your boots,” said Chaplin. “We’ll walk along Bear Creek and find all the garbage we can. We’ll try to recycle what we can.”
According to Chaplin, just about anything might be found along Bear Creek after this spring’s flooding.
“With high water you never know what the river is going to push into our creeks. We’re liable to find anything from tires, to appliances, to lots of metal and cans. We’re going to get as much out of it as we can,” he said.
The cleanup of Bear Creek will likely be an annual event sponsored by the Stream Team.
“This year is just a trial, but it can’t hurt anything,” said Chaplin. “Any garbage that comes out of our creek is going to help out.”