Volunteers help get rid of invasive trees in Iowa City prairie

Photo by BugDNA,Flickr.

A rarely recognized victim of the 2008 floods is the Waterworks Prairie Park in Iowa City.

The floodwaters carried the seeds of willow and cottonwood trees to the prairie. With these trees around, it’s impossible to do the burning or mowing necessary to maintain the prairie.

Volunteers – including many University of Iowa students – helped the City of Iowa City clear out many of the invasive trees this past Sunday.

Read more here.

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.

Volunteers remove 1,000 pounds of trash along Iowa River

Photo by Kulturlabor Trial&Error, Flickr.

In early June, volunteers removed 1,000 pounds of trash along the banks of the Iowa River.

The event was organized by the University of Iowa Engineering Staff Advisory Council, UI Facilities Management, the Office of Sustainability and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

After gathering the trash, the volunteers sorted through the waste for recyclables.

Read more from Sustainability at Iowa here.

Green Iowa Americorps to host Upper Iowa River Cleanup

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Green Iowa Americorps is hosting the Upper Iowa River Cleanup on June 9th and 16th at 1 PM.

Volunteers will remove trash while paddling down the Upper Iowa River in a provided canoe or kayak.

On June 9th, the volunteers will meet at Pulpit Rock in Decorah. On the 16th they will meet at Decorah’s Upper dam. Find directions and details about these locations here.

Sign up to volunteer via Facebook here, or email Josh at josh@energydistrict.org.

Cedar Rapids residents volunteer to clean Interstate in the rain

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As part of CleanUPCR, 47 Cedar Rapids residents volunteered to pick up litter along Interstate 380 last Saturday.

Adding to the impressiveness of the turnout, last Saturday was rainy, windy and only about 45 degrees.

In total, the volunteers collected 68 bags of trash. Another litter collection will take place in Cedar Rapids on May 5th.

Click here to read an article from The Gazette about the volunteers’ efforts, and check out the CleanUPCR link above to learn more about Cedar Rapids’ plans to clean up the city.

Volunteer to clean up Iowa’s parks!

Mines of Spain Recreation Area. Photo by jereandreagan, Flickr.

Help preserve Iowa’s parks! On April 27 and 28, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain 12 Iowa state parks.

Volunteers will work with Iowa DNR AmeriCorps members to clean-up trails, collect litter and clear vines.

The parks involved are Big Creek State Park, Backbone State Park, Lake Anita State Park, Lake Wapello State Park, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, Union Grove State Park, McIntosh Woods State Park, Lake of Three Fires State Park, Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area, Rock Creek State park, Lake Ahquabi State Park and Stone State Park.

Follow this link to learn more and sign up.

Volunteers to clean up Iowa River

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Do your part to cleanup the Iowa River! On October 9 volunteers are invited to help clean a 9.5-mile stretch between Iowa City’s Sturgis Ferry Park and Hills Access near Hills, IA.

Volunteers choose between paddling along the river to collect waste or working on land sorting recycling at Hills Access.

Paddlers work from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., and the sorters work from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More information, including how to register, is available at the Iowa River Clean-Up website: http://lowerwapsicleanup.org/2011IARVCP.html.