24 tires, 46 bags of trash, a pickup load of metal and a refrigerator were collected from the waters of Shoal Creek by the Joplin Kayak and Canoe Stream Team last month.
Thirty-three volunteers turned out to offer helping hands, a record number since the group began their efforts in June.
Since then, the group has done one stream clean per month.
With temperatures dropping, area stream waters will be cooler, so expeditions this fall will concentrate on the stream banks rather than the creeks.
The next stream clean up event is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 and will focus on Hickory Creek in and near Neosho,
Volunteers are invited to join the group at 9 a.m. at the pavilion in Morse Park North, across from the large flowerbox on North College Street. They plan to start at the Lime Kiln access point and travel toward where Hickory Creek joins Shoal Creek. A cookout will be held back at the park following the clean-up efforts.
On November 3, the group plans to concentrate their efforts at several access points along Hickory Creek in Newton County including access at Cherry Corners, Allen Bridge, Lime Kiln, and Tipton Ford.
The Missouri Department of Conservation gathers and removes all the trash the group collects in their efforts. The City of Joplin accepts all tires pulled out of Shoal Creek and now that the focus is shifting to include Hickory Creek, the City of Neosho has agreed to do the same for tires removed from Hickory Creek. All the metal collection is taken and sold for scrap, which helps to fund the group's efforts.
Through the end of the year, plans are to make some type of clean-up effort once a month.
"Everyone is helping and doing their part," team member Tom Guernsey said.
Area residents are invited to join the group when they begin cleaning up Hickory Creek in Neosho. No prior registration is needed — just show up at the pavilion October 27 at 9 a.m.