Project AWARE 2017, canoe removing trash
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.

Recap - Project AWARE 2017

Upper Cedar River
Iowa-Minnesota border (Mitchell Co.) to Howards Woods Rec Area (Floyd Co.)
River Miles: 55 miles
Participants: 469
Sponsors: 90
Total Trash Removed – 28.0 tons (55,945 lbs)
Tires – 368 tires (7.3 tons; 14,500 lbs)
Scrap Metal – 15.0 tons (29,860 lbs)
Recyclables (redeemables, plastic, cardboard, glass, household hazardous material) – 0.4 tons (885 lbs)
Trash – 3.3 tons (6,540 lbs)
Trash Recycled: 88% (49,405 lbs; 24.7 tons)

Project AWARE 2017 Fact Sheet

Flickr: Project AWARE 2017 Pictures
Thanks to the Project AWARE 2017 Sponsors

Project AWARE 2017 Daily Pictures:
(hosted by Central Iowa Paddlers)

Project AWARE 2017

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.”

Project AWARE 2018

Mark those calendars!

July 9 - 13, 2018

Maquoketa River
Delaware, Jones, and Jackson Counties

With the retirement of Project AWARE coordinator Lynette Seigley, Iowa DNR is exploring partnerships to keep this event cleaning up Iowa's rivers this season and in the future.

Expect some changes, including new registration instructions, before March 1, 2018.