The annual Iowa River Clean-up, where volunteers in canoes and on riverbanks help haul trash out of a 9.5-mile section of the Iowa River from Iowa City to Hills, is looking for help with this year’s event. The 2016 clean-up, scheduled Saturday, Sept. 17, will clear trash and debris from the river and its banks to help protect the integrity of the waterway.
Volunteers will meet at Hills Access, a rural park located adjacent to the Iowa River, one-half mile east of Hills on 520th Street. The schedule is as follows:
6:30 a.m.: Volunteers with their own canoes can drop them after 6:30 a.m. at Sturgis Boat Ferry, just south of Hwy 6 on S. Riverside Drive in Iowa City, then proceed to Hills Access. Paddlers without their own canoes can sign up to volunteer and request a loaner canoe before Sept. 9.
7 a.m.: Volunteers who plan to work in canoes must be at Hills Access at 7 a.m. on Sept. 17 to sign in and catch the shuttle to Iowa City.
1 p.m.: Volunteers who will work on land helping to clear trash from riverbanks, offload junk from canoes, and sort collected materials for recycling, will meet at 1 p.m. at Hills Access.
The section of river from Sturgis Ferry to Hills Access 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, City of Coralville and the Johnson County Conservation Board, is a National Rivers Clean-up sanctioned event.
To register as a volunteer or to request a canoe for the event, visit www.iarvcp.org. For more information about the event, contact City of Iowa City Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-541-2385. Paddlers may also call Dan Ceynar at 319-321-1755 for more information.