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Crews and staff help clean up Iowa river


Conservation Corps crew and staff members worked with volunteers to clean up the Big Sioux River during Project AWARE.

Conservation Corps crew and staff members worked with volunteers to clean up the Big Sioux River during Project AWARE.

For the third year, Corps crew and staff members volunteered with Project AWARE. This year’s clean up took place on the Big Sioux River the week of July 12-19. One crew assisted with managing overall logistics for the entire week ― shuttling volunteers, canoes, trailers and gear, as well as assisting with campground logistics, hauling/sorting trash and floating on the river to serve as guides and assist volunteers. Another 50 Corps field crew, individual placement and staff members hauled trash from the river for a couple days, many as part of their mid-year retreat. The collective effort was impressive! During the week, 388 volunteers from 11 states, ages 2-80, paddled and cleaned 91 miles of river. They removed 28.8 tons of trash, 95% of which will be recycled.

Read a blog post from individual placement member Jackie Boat.