Volunteers are being sought for the annual Iowa River Clean-up, 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 clean-up is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 12.

Volunteers who have 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 be available to loan to volunteers who sign up to help and request a canoe before Sept. 5.

People are also needed to work on land the day of the clean-up, helping to clear trash from riverbanks, offload junk from canoes, and sort collected materials for recycling. Those interested in joining the effort are asked to meet at noon at Hills Access, a rural park located 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 clean-up, which is being organized by the City of Iowa City Stormwater Division, Iowa Flood Center, and the Johnson County Conservation Board, is a National Rivers Clean-up-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 about the event, contact carol-sweeting@iowa-city.org or call 319-541-2385. Paddlers may also call Dan Ceynar at 319-321-1755 for more information.




Date of publication

Friday, August 21, 2015