Another great year of river cleanup for Project AWARE


From July 7-14, volunteers around the state helped clean Iowa’s rivers as part of Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition).

This year there were 387 participants. They worked on 823 rivers, collected 60.36 tons of trash and recycled 86 percent of what they collected.

Read this article to learn some of the event’s history. Also, watch the video above to see Project AWARE volunteers working together to remove a large tire from the Iowa River.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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