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Thanks to all who have adopted sections of river through the Streamkeepers program. Unfortunately, staff resources are no longer sufficient to operate this program and we currently are unable to accept new volunteers. We appreciate your understanding, and hope you will continue caring for Iowa's waters.
Cleanup projects on streams and rivers are satisfying and rewarding events for volunteers. You have the opportunity to lead in an effort to restore quality to Iowa's waterways. Organizations, groups, and individuals throughout Iowa are motivated to get involved. The voice of Iowans is loud and clear; we have a strong desire to experience these beautiful natural resources free from trash.
Unfortunately, when someone dumps a load of unwanted litter into our waterways, it does more than create an eyesore. A dirty river can reinforce harmful habits, and lead to a dangerous downward spiral; garbage seems to attract garbage. The negative impact of a trash-laden waterway includes loss of fish and wildlife habitat, water quality issues, and safety concerns for those recreating on polluted bodies of water.
Instead, we need to demonstrate our desire to halt this cycle of deterioration. A river cleanup is a community's opportunity to set a powerful example, one that enforces stewardship and responsibility. Through river cleanups, you will develop a relationship with Iowa's aquatic resources, understand their complexities, and learn how to protect and improve them.
What does the Streamkeepers program provide?
In exchange for a 2-year, 2-cleanup commitment, the Streamkeepers program will provide your group with a river cleanup guide, safety information, watershed health educational pamphlets, Streamkeepers mesh cleanup bags, an adoption certificate, and public recognition.