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Iowa River Clean-Up 2017

September 16, 2017 

9.5 miles of the Iowa River Water Trail

13:50 09/18/2017:
Thanks to an awsome group of land and water volunteers supported by a long list of Sponsors, the 2017 event was a huge success with 30+ boats on the water averaging 3 mega loads of trash each! Trash numbers will be posted soon. 
Check out the images taken by the IARVCP photographer Dave Ratliff.
Event images available HERE.
15:19 09/11/2017:
River has been scouted and it needs your help! Much trash, tires, a couple couches & picnic tables. We are still looking for both land and canoe based volunteers.
For those into GPS: Pin 41.6417, -91.5384; Mid-Point 1 41.6158, -91.5371; Mid-Point 2 41.6064, -91.5229; Tout 41.5551, -91.5193; Couches 41.5912, -91.5261; Picnic table A 41.5989, -91.5252; Picnic table B; 41.5827, -91.5297REMOVED
13:35 09/28/2015:
September, 12-2015 CLEAN-UP RESULTS
USGS 05454500, Iowa City:  804 cfs
~100 land & water volunteers
30 canoes on the water
6.2 tons of trash
1 ton of metal
72 tires (~ 1 ton of tires)

2015 TOTAL: 8.2 tons(16400lbs) of material removed from the Iowa River

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>GRAND TOTAL OF 4 YEARS OF IARVCP<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
40.00tons, 80000lbs, (over 717 tires)
Link to press coverage: Clean-up Project Targets Iowa River. The Daily Iowan
Link to images: IARVCP 2015 images
08:51 09/14/2015:
The 4th IARVCP was a huge success with 70+ volunteers and another huge amount of trash removed from the river.  Trash totals to come soon. Be sure to help educate others by telling them about your experience. Thank you all for your hard work!
Please visit our Sponsor page to contact and thank our sponsors.  Without them the event would not be possible and they would appreciate your feedack.
15:33 09/09/2015:
River levels are currently up, but fear not, the USACE at Coralville Lake is going to help us by reducing the outflow to favorable river levels for IARVCP. Please thank them when you have a chance. Weather is predicted to be great, so we hope to see you on the river!
Paddlers please be at Hills Access by 7:15 to board the bus for the Sturgis Ferry Boat Ramp put-in.
12:30 09/25/2013:
Links to press coverage.

Cleanup Event Takes Place in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, The Gazette

Volunteers Joins Annual Cleanup Effort, The Iowa City Press Citizen

3:23 09/19/2013:
A huge Thank You to the IARVCP volunteers from your IARVCP Coordinators, Dan Ceynar, Lynette Seigley, & Carol Sweeting on a awesome job! Whether you were on land or on water, the clean-up was a huge success made possible by your involvement!

Below are the results of your efforts:
September 14, 2013 CLEAN-UP RESULTS
USGS 05454500, Iowa City:  142 cfs
2.53 tons of trash
1.38 tons of metal
200 tires (~ 2.47 tons of tires)

2013 TOTAL: 6.38 tons(12760lbs) of material removed from the Iowa River

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>GRAND TOTAL OF 3 YEARS OF IARVCP<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

31.98 tons, 63960lbs, (over 641 tires)

09:15pm, 10/12/2012:
Thanks to the tremendous volunteer effort, a significant amount of trash was removed from the Iowa River on IARVCP 2012. Whether you were on land or in a canoe, each and every one of you made a difference and contributed to the success of the clean-up. You Rock!!

October 6, 2012 CLEAN-UP RESULTS
USGS 05454500, Iowa City:  145 cfs
10840 lbs (5.42 tons) garbage
1850 lbs (0.93 tons) mixed metal
________4488 lbs (2.24 tons) 188 tires________

17178 lbs (8.6 tons) collected and removed from the Iowa River!

Event images are available here.



The idea for IARVCP stems from the observations/discussions of many paddlers who participated in the early August 2011 water trail dedication float of the Iowa River. During this float, copious amounts of trash of all shapes and sizes were noted and the talk quickly turned to doing something about it.

River Clean-ups have become fairly common across the state and are a great way to take ownership of our natural resources. This clean-up will be canoe based, free of charge, and involve both on-water volunteers picking up trash and on-shore volunteers sorting and recycling. No experience is necessary to participate. Some representative images of both “trophy trash” and normal trash are shown below. River levels are currently very low and if they maintain, will be ideal for the clean-up.

A special call to veteran river clean-up volunteers, based on the numerous tires, barrels, tires, etc., your experience is needed. Please try to participate in this event.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, a light breakfast (coffee, juice, doughnuts) and limited snacks will be provided.

Since inclement weather and cold temperatures are possible, please plan to check this website the evening prior to the event to determine if the event has been canceled.

11:02pm, 10/18/2011:
IARVCP Round II was a small informal addendum to IARVCP2011 that took place 10/16/2011 with a group of 7 people and 6 private boats dedicated to retrieving tires (and a bit more) between the Issac Walton Access and Hill's Access. Thanks to dedication and tenacity of this small, but mighty crew, we were able to significantly add to the the prior week's already impressive totals.

USGS 05454500, Iowa City:  191 cfs
1.47 tons, (2940 lbs) 79 car/pickup, 8 truck, 4 tractor = 91 Tires
0.19 tons, (380 lbs) Garbage
0.15 tons (300 lbs, est.) Scrap metal

TOTAL = 1.81 tons (3620 lbs)

IARVCP Round II images are available here.

9:42pm, 10/14/2011:
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of volunteers, the 2011 IARVCP was a great success!
All of the volunteers land and water based ROCKED!

October 9, 2011 CLEAN-UP RESULTS
USGS 05454500, Iowa City:  281 cfs
5.07 tons, (10140 lbs) Tires, 160 +
5.6 tons, (11200 lbs) Garbage
4.52 tons (9040 lbs) Scrap metal

Total = 15.19 tons (30380 lbs) collected and removed from the Iowa River!

Event images are available here.

6.54 tons, (13080 lbs) Tires, 251+
5.79 tons, (11580 lbs) Garbage
________4.67 tons (9340 lbs) Scrap metal________

17 tons (34000 lbs) collected and removed from the Iowa River!



A limited number of canoes, paddles, and orange "keyhole" PFDs will be provided free for those who don't have or don't want to use their own. PFDs are required to be worn at all times while participants are on the river.

Images of what you will find! More images available here.


Questions? Please email Dan Ceynar or Carol Sweeting on the IARVCP planning committee at ryanggracel-at-gmail.com or click Contact.