The City of Iowa City is looking for volunteers to help with three environmental clean-ups of Ralston Creek, Willow Creek, and the Iowa River Trail in October. Volunteers will be removing trash, invasive species, and woody debris to help reduce flooding and erosion and improve water quality.

The first clean-up is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. on Ralston Creek. Volunteers should sign up in advance at and then meet shortly before noon in the parking lot behind the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center at 220 S. Gilbert Street to get assignments. Anyone under the age of 18 who wants to participate must have a parent or guardian sign a liability form at the start of the event. 

Participants should come prepared to get dirty. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toe shoes or boots. Hats are also recommended. The City will provide tools, gloves, and drinking water.

These events are sometimes cancelled due to weather, shortage of volunteers, or other issues. After 10 a.m. on the morning of the event, check the Facebook page to make sure it’s still being held.

Clean-ups are also tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Information will be posted on Facebook closer to the dates of the events.

For more information, contact Carol Sweeting at 319-541-2385 or


Date of publication

Friday, September 25, 2015