Project AWARE, A Watershed Awareness River Expedition

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.

  • 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.

Announcing Project AWARE 2017 – July 10-14, 2017
Cedar River in Mitchell and Floyd Counties
(Iowa-Minnesota State Line to Nashua)

For More Information: Lynette Seigley (319) 351-9393,

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

14th Annual Project AWARE July 11-15, 2016 Lower Des Moines River
Eldon (Wapello Co.) to Turkey Run Access (Lee Co.)

River Miles: 52 miles
Participants: 329
Sponsors: 82
Total Trash Removed – 40.0 tons (80,062 lbs)

  • Tires – 329 tires (5.8 tons; 11,620 lbs)
  • Scrap Metal – 20.2 tons (40,480 lbs)
  • Recyclables (redeemables, plastic, cardboard, glass) – 4.3 tons (8,522 lbs)
  • Household Hazardous Material – 0.4 tons (800 lbs)
  • Trash – 9.3 tons (18,640 lbs)
Trash Recycled: 77% (61,422 lbs; 30.7 tons)

Flickr: Project AWARE 2016 Pictures
Thanks to the Project AWARE 2016 Sponsors

Project AWARE 2016 Daily Pictures (hosted by Central Iowa Paddlers):

Project AWARE 2016