At the site of one of Missouri’s biggest waterfalls, one man is out every day, keeping the water free of trash.
Stream Team #48 is comprised of Ron and Ann Phelps and their son, Robert. For 31 years — since before the founding of Missouri Stream Team — they have been cleaning Shoal Creek, which washes over Grand Falls.
“The Grand Falls is our responsibility, that’s what our Stream Team does is take care of it,” Ron Phelps said. “It’s a tourist attraction, so it’s a 365 day a year project.”
Calling the effort “no big deal,” Ron is outside in his backyard at least once a day, picking up trash and educating locals about keeping it clean.
“We have lived next door to the waterfall for 31 years, and when we moved here, we started trying to turn it into as nice a place that it could be from the trash dump that it was,” Ron says.