This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Missouri Stream Team Program and the 20th anniversary of Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition, also known as Stream Teams United.
From its beginnings in 1989 with Stream Team #1, Roubidoux Fly Fishers, the Stream Team Program has grown to more than 5,800 teams and 21 watershed-level Stream Team associations working in streams and rivers in nearly every corner of the state.
Among several events celebrating the Stream Team Program Anniversary this year, Stream Teams United is sponsoring a Pints for a Purpose fundraiser at Public House Brewing Company in Rolla 6 p.m.-10 p.m. May 29. Donations can be added to checks during all of May, and the brewery will donate $1 for every pint sold on May 29.
All proceeds will go to improving the health of Missouri streams, including grants available to Stream Team associations like Yadkin Creek Watershed Coalition in Steelville, Mill Creek Watershed Coalition and Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association. Grants help with stewardship and education projects locally and funds also support the advocacy, education and stewardship work of Stream Teams United.
The fundraiser May 29 at Public House Brewery promises to be an entertaining evening. August Rolufs and Nathan Showalter will play music from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. River trivia games will run throughout the evening. A silent auction will start at 5 p.m., with winners announced at 9:30 p.m. A River Raffle will be online until May 28, then continue with tickets available all evening on May 29 at the brewery.
Check out the online raffle at streamteamsunited.org. Click the Donate menu to go to the Pints for a Purpose River Raffle. Two items are being raffled, a made in the USA Jackson Riviera 11-foot kayak and a giclée print of “Winter Float Memories” by Washington artist Bryan Haynes.
Silent auction items available the evening of May 29 include a gift certificate for a half-day walk-in guided fly fishing session from Sam Potter of Tightline Fly Fishing LLC, lodging for two at Mound Ridge Camp and Retreat Center near Steelville, First Friday dinner and concert for two at Peaceful Bend Vineyard, a Ken Richardson filet knife and sheath, and a Paddle MO paddle and stocking hat.