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Project AWARE, A Watershed Awareness River Expedition

Mark your calendar - The 13th Annual Project AWARE will be held July 11-16, 2015 on the Wapsipinicon River (Independence to Olin in Buchanan, Linn, and Jones counties).  More details to come later.





12th Annual Project AWARE July 12-19, 2014 Big Sioux River

The 2014 event was held in partnership with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

2014 Project AWARE Summary Stats

  • 91 river miles paddled
  • 388 participants during the week
  • Volunteers ranged in age from 2 to 80
  • 88 sponsors

2014 Project AWARE Trash Numbers

  • Total Trash Removed - 30.2 tons (60,183 lbs)
    • Tires - 549 (12,432 lbs)
    • Scrap Metal - 19.9 tons (39,840 lbs)
    • Recyclables (redeemables, plastic, cardboard, glass) - 2.4 tons (4,736 lbs)
    • Household Hazardous Material - 0.28 tons (560 lbs)
    • Trash - 1.3 tons (2,615 lbs)
  • Trash Recycled: 95% (57,008 lbs)

Project AWARE 2014 Daily Maps
2014 Detailed Daily Agenda

Project AWARE 2014 Photos available on Flickr
For daily photos, go to the following:

Project AWARE 2014 Fact Sheet
Many thanks to the 2014 sponsors of Project AWARE
Where Were the 2014 Volunteers From
2014 Water Quality Monitoring Results

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.

For More Information: Lynette Seigley (515)-310-0376

"The Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Project AWARE is not related to nor affiliated with that of the Stichting Project AWARE’s name and website.”