At least 15 volunteers are needed from noon to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, for an environmental clean-up along the Iowa River north of McCollister Bridge in Iowa City. Volunteers will remove trash, invasive species, and woody debris to help reduce flooding and erosion and to improve water quality. If enough volunteers are not signed up by Friday evening, the event will have to be cancelled. Another clean-up is scheduled the following Sunday, on Oct. 30.

A range of jobs will be available to accommodate all age groups and skill levels, and no experience is necessary, reports Carol Sweeting, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Iowa City’s Stormwater Division. Individuals, families, service groups, students and others are urged to sign up for one or both events. University of Iowa or Kirkwood Community College Environmental Science students can earn three hours of volunteer credit, and the event will also generate credit for junior high and high school students. Participants under 18 years of age must have a parent sign a consent form on the day of the clean-up.

Register for the Oct. 23 and/or Oct. 30 clean-ups at Check the Facebook page the morning of the event to make sure it has not been cancelled due to a shortage of volunteers or inclement weather.

Volunteers should wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes or boots. Gloves and tools will be provided. Participants will meet at the parking lot in Napoleon Park, 3800 Napoleon Lane, at noon for assignments. 

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



Date of publication

Wednesday, October 19, 2016