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Project AWARE cleanup to tackle Upper Cedar River

May 03, 2017

CHARLES CITY – Volunteers will have an opportunity July 10-14 to clean up, learn about and explore 60 miles of the upper Cedar River from the Iowa-Minnesota border to Nashua.

Project AWARE, which stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition, is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ annual volunteer river cleanup event. In addition to removing trash from the river, participants learn about watersheds, water quality, recycling, and other natural resource topics. This year’s expedition marks Project AWARE’s 15th year.

Volunteers participate by paddling down the river in canoes and cleaning up river trash along the way. Opportunities for land-based volunteers also are available. While the expedition lasts five days, volunteers can stay and help for as little or as long as they like. Project AWARE is family-friendly and provides the opportunity to experience a different river each year.

In addition to river cleanup, Project AWARE also offers a unique blend of educational programs and demonstrations, volunteer camaraderie, camping and other outdoor recreation opportunities that enrich the experience.

In the past 14 years, more than 4,000 AWARE volunteers from across the state have cleaned up 1,083 river miles, removing 377 tons of trash – 76 percent of which has been recycled – from rivers all across Iowa.

For more information on the event and to download the registration materials, visit www.iowadnr.gov/aware.

 

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