For immediate release: Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
Jefferson City, Mo. – During the Missouri Outdoor Communicators (MOC) annual conference held at Bunker Hill Retreat near Mountain View, Mo., the organization recognized the Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association for its tireless work to preserve the vitality of the three most scenic rivers in the Missouri Ozarks.
Each year, Missouri Outdoor Communicators presents the Toyota Community Generosity Award to a nonprofit organization in the community where the conference is held.
This year, on behalf of Curt McAllister and Toyota Motors North America, MOC presented $500 to the Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association, which represents the Missouri Stream Teams on the Current, Jacks Fork and Eleven Point Rivers. The Current and Jacks Fork make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways of the National Park Service, while the Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. These rivers were among the first free-flowing waterways to be protected by the federal government in the mid-1960s.
The Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and protection of these critical waterways, predominantly through organized river clean-ups and water quality monitoring.
Ted and Pat Haviland, long-time members of the Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association, accepted the award on behalf of the association.
"Water is, like our children, our greatest resource, and the true future of a healthy Missouri,” said Ted Haviland. “SRSTA and our volunteers have dedicated hundreds of hours a year to protecting and caring for that legacy."
The statewide Missouri Stream Team Program was born in 1989 when a handful of concerned anglers wanted to clean up their local stream. Fast-forward thirty years and there are nearly 7,000 Stream Teams across the state acting as an impassioned voice for the protection of streams that Missourians rely on for clean drinking water, quality fishing and first-class recreational opportunities. In 2018 alone, Missouri Stream Teams provided over 152,000 volunteer hours and $3.8 million in donated labor, removed 433 tons of trash from the state’s 110,000 miles of streams and planted 3,892 trees across the state.
For more information on Missouri’s Stream Teams, visit www.MOStreamTeam.org.
To learn more about how Toyota is looking out for our environment and giving back to our communities, visit www.Toyota.com/usa/.
For more information on Missouri Outdoor Communicators, including how to join the organization, visit www.MissouriOutdoorCommunicators.org.