Annual volunteer Iowa waterway cleanup to target upper Cedar River

Des Moines, Iowa – An annual volunteer river cleanup event will focus on the Cedar River this summer. Lynette Seigley, coordinator of Project AWARE, says the expedition is scheduled for July 10th through 14th on the upper Cedar River.

Project AWARE, which stands for “A Watershed Awareness River Expedition,” is supported by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The effort is now in its 15th year and, according to Seigley, it’s growing.

In 2016, around 330 volunteers spent five days on the lower Des Moines River and removed 40 tons of trash. Most of it was recycled.

Many volunteers camp out and spend all five days on the expedition, but Seigley says people can stay and help for as little or as long they like. In addition to the river cleanup, there are educational programs in the evening that highlight the geography and history of the particular area where the volunteers are working.

To learn more about Project Aware, click here.

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