Iowa River Clean-up, 9/12/15

Volunteers needed for annual Iowa River Cleanup on September 12

Volunteers are being sought for the annual Iowa River Cleanup, in which participants in canoes and on riverbanks will haul trash out of a 9.5-mile section of the Iowa River from Iowa City to Hills. This year’s cleanup is scheduled Saturday, September 12th.

Volunteers with their own canoes are invited to register and join the launch at 7:30 a.m. at Sturgis Boat Ferry, located on S. Riverside Drive just south of Hwy. 6 in Iowa City. A limited number of canoes will also available to loan to volunteers who sign up to help and request a canoe before September 4th.

Volunteers are also needed to work on land the day of the cleanup, helping to clear trash from riverbanks, offload junk from canoes, and sort collected materials for recycling. Those interested in helping are asked to meet at noon on September 12th at Hills Access, a rural park located adjacent to the river one-half mile east of Hills on 520th Street.

The Sturgis Ferry-to-Hills Access section of the river is part of the Iowa River Water Trail, which offers scenic views of the river, the rural countryside, and local wildlife as it makes its way to the Mississippi River. The cleanup is being organized by the City of Iowa City Stormwater Division, Iowa Flood Center, and the Johnson County Conservation Board and is a National Rivers Cleanup-sanctioned event. The goal of the volunteer effort is not only to clear trash and debris from the river, but also to protect the future and integrity of this water resource.

To register as a volunteer or to request a canoe for the event, visit www.iarvcp.org. For more information, contact carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org or call 319/541-2385. Paddlers may also call Dan Ceynar at 319/321-1755 for details.

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