News Release 251

Bank cleanup along the Meramec River planned July 30 at Onondaga Cave State Park

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., July 18, 2011 -- If you love the Meramec River and want to help clean up its banks, join park staff from Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg on a cleanup event July 30. The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the public is encouraged to volunteer to assist.

Previous flood events have deposited significant debris along the stream bank that extends from the park campground's gravel bar along the Meramec River to the boat launch in the park's day-use area. If time permits, volunteers will also clean up trash along the creek that flows throughout the picnic and shelter area. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. Reservations for this event are not required but are encouraged by calling 573-245-6576.

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit