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Bart Durham

2018 DuPage River Sweep

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This year's river sweep cleanup will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  The ISA hopes to have a big presence this year, please mark your calendars.  More information to follow.  

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Big find on the West Branch!

The purpose of the River Sweep is to encourage volunteers to help "sweep our rivers clean" by picking up debris in and along the local waterways and restoring nearby land back to its natural state.

Despite heavy rains on the day of the River Sweep in 2017, more than 600 volunteers came out to cleanup the waterways.  Some groups shortened their day and others rescheduled, but they all helped remove approximately 6 tons of debris from the DuPage River and its tributaries.  In 2017 over 65 miles of shoreline were cleared of trash.  The treasures found varied widely, including an adult bicycle, car jack, tires, seat cushions, lawn chairs, milk crates, a custom golf bag, ladder and golf, soccer, beach and tennis balls. 

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Last year ISA volunteers helped clean up a stretch of the East Branch of the Dupage River near Hidden Lakes Park in Bolingbrook. 

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This year the ISA will set up station at the 135th Street Boat Ramp north of Plainfield with plans to help clean up as big of part of the main stem stretch between Bolingbrook and Plainfield as possible.  We hope to have some boats and plenty of man and woman power available to help clean up and preserve this great smallmouth stream.  We'll plan on meeting at the 95th Street boat ramp at 9 am on May 19th.  The Conservation Foundation will provide work gloves, waste bags, clean up poles and help organize for trash debris removal. Free T Shirts will be given to all volunteers.

Let me know if you can volunteer for this environmental clean up event! 

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