The registration deadline for volunteers for the annual Iowa River Clean-up has been extended to next Tuesday, Sept. 8. An additional 50 or so volunteers are still needed for the event, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Paddlers and other volunteers will remove trash from the river and its banks between Sturgis Ferry in Iowa City and Hills Access. Canoes and kayaks will be used to pull trash out of the river, and on-land volunteers will clean up the riverbanks, offload trash from canoes and kayaks, and sort materials for recycling. Each year, tons of materials are removed.

Volunteers who have their own canoes are invited to 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. Those who can help work on land are asked to meet at noon at Hills Access, a park located one-half mile east of Hills on 520th Street, next to the river.

The clean-up, which is being organized by the City of Iowa City Stormwater Division, City of Coralville, 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 by Sept. 8. For more information about the event, contact or call 319-541-2385. Paddlers may also call Dan Ceynar at 319-321-1755 for more information.


Date of publication

Thursday, September 03, 2015