11th Annual Project AWARE
July 6-13, 2013
Des Moines River (Algona to Lehigh)
Thank you Project AWARE volunteers, sponsors, and friends. During the 2013 event this past July, 343 volunteers removed 34 tons of trash from 91 miles of the Des Moines River and Boone River. A total of 87% of what was removed from the rivers was recycled. Volunteers were from Iowa as well as Arkansas, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Utah, and Washington. Volunteers ranged in age from 4 to 74. An average of 156 volunteers were on the water each day.
- Total Trash / Recyclables Collected: 68,480 lbs (34.2 Tons)
- - 12% Trash - 8,317 lbs (4.20 Tons)
- - 88% Recyclables - 60,163 lbs (30.1 Tons)
- Tires (267) - 9,200 lbs (4.6 Tons)
- Scrap Metal - 46,880 lbs (23.4 Tons)
- Miscellaneous Recycling (Appliances, Household Hazardous Materials, Cardboard, Plastic, Redeemable Cans/Bottles) - 4,083 lbs (2.0 Tons)
2013 Project AWARE Sponsors - Thank You!
2013 Project AWARE Volunteers - Where Are They From
Map of where Project AWARE has been since 2003
2013 Project AWARE Water Quality Results
Project AWARE 2013:
Project AWARE isn’t for the person who’s afraid to get a little dirt under his or her fingernails. While most of your time is spent in a canoe or kayak, you are still fully immersed in the wilderness and eventually you’re bound to get dirty. Prepare to find mud in awkward places and potentially stinky things in your canoe. Most people find this aspect appealing; remembering the days when they were just kids playing in the mud... Intrigued? Check out our Project AWARE: Frequently Asked Questions.
Project A.W.A.R.E. Objectives:
- Increase awareness about, and community involvement in, water quality issues that impact the health of Iowa's aquatic resources.
- Engage Iowa's citizen volunteers in a project that challenges them to become stewards of the river and produces a tangible, quantitative result.
- Demonstrate the commitment of Iowa's citizens by giving of themselves and their valuable time to make a difference - one stretch of river, one piece of trash at a time.
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