Besides being a cleanup, it is really an incredible learning opportunity, especially for kids and teens. People should be encouraged to bring their kids so that the younger generation feels a sense of ownership and responsibility towards our watersheds and rivers.
It is a very valuable and enjoyable experience. Every Iowan should at the very least get to know the rivers in their area and it would make them more interested in protecting them.
We need to pay attention to Iowa's waters. Clean water and slowing rain water where it falls are so important to our state.
Project AWARE volunteers come from many different backgrounds to support one cause - the health of the river.
The high level of commitment to Iowa's water & environment demonstrated by the AWARE volunteers, a commitment that seems to cut across a number of social strata (which is good).
I was especially impressed with the parents and grandparents that brought their children along on AWARE. I think it is important for Iowans to know that this is a family friendly activity and that children when properly supervised by a parent or other adult can have fun while having a great learning experience.
How enjoyable our rivers are and how much better they could be if everyone cared about them as much as the participants in this event.
Doing good for Iowa's rivers is not only very rewarding but it's a great deal of fun too.
Cooperation among participants fosters a "can-do" attitude.
Don't take Iowa's rivers and waterways for granted and be good stewards so that all can enjoy them for years to come.
At every opportunity I try to tell people I meet about the good work that is being done by the volunteers on AWARE and how much junk is being dumped into our rivers and that's just the stuff we can see. I am an IOWATER volunteer, as well, and try to pass on the word about how precious our waters are and how lucky we are to have an abundance of it because so many places face shortages of good, clean water. I place an emphasis on how important it is for Iowans to clean up their act and realize that everyone must do their share in preserving one of our most important resources.
All Iowans should know about the public spirit of the project - cleaning up a precious natural resource, our rivers - and community spirit of the AWARE group (teamwork, cooperation, organization, fun, etc.)
Although a few people can make a difference, it will take all Iowans working together to exact the kind of positive change we would like to see in our watersheds.
Although the week includes a lot of hard work, it is a great way to spend a week, and very rewarding experience.
Every person, no matter their abilities or skills can improve Iowa's water quality and environment and leave a lasting natural legacy for generations of Iowans.
Extremely well organized. It will have a positive impact on your life, and on water quality.
Great people having a great time doing great things.
I believe if fellow Iowans could really be made aware of all the things both seen and unseen that end up in our water they would be a lot more careful about how they handle what is being carelessly tossed away.
Iowans care about their beautiful state and want to take good care of our natural wealth.
It is a community driven effort and everyone should share the responsibility of cleaning up after themselves and don't be afraid to not only clean up your mess but feel free to clean up another mess.
It isn't just the trash, but it is bringing an increased awareness that rivers are very special places in Iowa; places that deserve protection and give us enjoyment.
It would make the most awesome and affordable vacation experience for an outdoors-loving family!
Of course we get the opportunity to feel good being a part of this event, but this isn't for us. This is for each of us and all of us - families and communities - and our future.
Ordinary Iowans care enough about our rivers and streams to take time off, get in canoes, get muddy, and do something.
Project AWARE is my "RAGBRAI"... my vacation. It's a chance to come together with a bunch of other Iowans who want to make a difference and clean up our Iowa waters
That it's strenuous but really fun -- and your canoeing skills really improve!
That the trash is simply a visible sign of how we treat our rivers. There are plenty of other problems that can't be seen, but can still be improved.
That this is a great way to see the natural beauty that exists in Iowa and get some experience paddling on a river so you can develop yourself into a paddler and enjoy the rivers of Iowa on your own.
The amount of trash that is in our rivers and when like-minded citizens come together because of projects like AWARE what a huge contribution they make to the beautification of our country.
They should know that it's an excellent opportunity to get out on a river to experience its beauty and the threats it faces.
It will be dirty and smelly and exhausting... but one of the most meaningful things you'll ever experience.
It's an excellent volunteer vacation that should be experienced by all at least once.
People love to get out on the river - it is a beautiful, peaceful, and exciting place to be. Coming off the river almost always comes with a great feeling of satisfaction. Helping to clean it up puts you in a community of people who are heroes - they do work for the good of others.
The rivers are in serious need of our citizens to start paying attention to the precious resource that they are. They need to understand that "trash" in the river isn't the only problem. The quality of our water is suffering as well. Anyone who participates in Project AWARE will never look at the rivers in Iowa the same again.
Picking up garbage is only a small part of the experience. The most important part of AWARE is experiencing the river, learning about water pollution & water quality and learning about other environmental issues that affect us all.
Project AWARE is a chance to connect with the river, learn more, and make a difference with a great group of people.
The people of Iowa do care about Iowa's rivers. Project AWARE proves that.
This is truly a trip for everyone. It was a great time with great people. It was a vacation with a purpose.
Nothing is impossible when everyone works together!!! This amazing group is proof of that.
Our rivers are a real treasure and should be protected and preserved for now and future generations.
It's volunteering with nature...outdoors...hard work...so it's definitely a win/win service.
It's catchy - and that's a beautiful thing! Look at the ripple effect in Iowa alone - hardly a weekend that goes by that there isn't some river you can paddle and clean.
Paddling the rivers has made my family more conscious of the environment and more into recycling.
Iowans need to know how what every single person does with their refuse impacts all of us, not just people who recreate on rivers, but all of us in the quality of our water and the balance, vitality, and quality of our wildlife. We are one.
Our rivers are beautiful wild places that should be treated with respect.
Project aware puts people in contact with the waters and the water problems in Iowa and gives them time to reflect on the issues that we face in repairing some of the problems.
It is a meaningful nature experience!
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