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Iowa River Clean-Up 2011

October 9, 2011, Sturgis Ferry Park to Hills Access

9.5 miles on a portion of the newly dedicated Iowa River Water Trail

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.

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.

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!
Thanks again goes out to all volunteers and sponsors who helped make this event a huge success!
Hope to see you again next Fall for IARVCP 2012!
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!

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.


The idea for IARVCP2011 stems from the observations/discussions of many paddlers who participated in the early August 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.

From the trash scouting trip, a GoogleEarth file of some trash GPS locations, including items that may be unseen just below the surface, is available upon request. 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.

For those who wish to arrive prior to the day of the event, camping is available for a modest fee at Hills Access.

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.

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 IARVCP2011 planning committee at ryanggracel-at-gmail.com or click Contact.