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Record number of volunteers clean up Wapsipinicon River

The 13th annual Project AWARE river cleanup set several participation records as hundreds of people paddled all or part of the Wapsipinicon River between the cities of Independence and Olin in Iowa, cleaning up trash along the way. From July 11-16, 433 total participants paddled along 63 miles of the river and removed more than 60,000 pounds of trash. Conservation Corps crews from the southern district, Iowa and Missouri spent their mid-year retreat assisting with cleanup and volunteer management for most of the event. See more event photos on the Project AWARE Flickr page and check out this video from Linn County Conservation. And see below for our own slideshow of the week’s events, including Corps Olympics.