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Des Moines River Expedition Set to Launch in July
Posted: 06/11/2013

DES MOINES – Volunteers will have an opportunity to spend July 6 to 13 working as aquatic garbage collectors – cleaning up, learning about, and exploring more than 90 miles of the Des Moines River between Algona and Lehigh in north-central Iowa.

Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition) is the DNR’s annual volunteer river cleanup event. In addition to removing trash from the river, volunteers will learn about watersheds, water quality, recycling and other natural resource topics.

“We’re excited to embark on our eleventh Project AWARE, as we engage Iowans in becoming caretakers of Iowa's water resources and demonstrate that the commitment of volunteers can make a difference,” said Lynette Seigley, the Project AWARE coordinator. “Project AWARE also provides an opportunity for Iowans to improve their mental and physical health through outdoor recreation – a great part of the DNR’s Healthy and Happy Outdoors initiative.”

Registration is required for those who wish to volunteer for the river cleanup. To avoid a late registration fee, volunteers must have their registration forms postmarked by Friday, June 21. Tent camping is free for volunteers and a limited number of canoes are available for those who need them.

Volunteers can help with the river cleanup by paddling the river or by assisting with land-based recycling initiatives, but there are opportunities for others to experience Project AWARE as well.  Educational programs are held each evening and are open to the public. Registration is not required to attend evening programs.

Additional information about evening programs and Project AWARE can be found at: More information on Healthy & Happy Outdoors is available at

Event sponsors include:
Platinum Paddle Sponsors: Bridgestone Americas One Team, One Planet Spent Tire Program; Firestone Complete Auto Care • Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation • East Fork Walleye Club • Humboldt County Conservation • IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa • Iowa DNR - IOWATER, Rivers Programs • Iowa Flood Center • State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa • Zanfel Laboratories, Inc.
Golden Yoke Sponsors:  Ansell Healthcare • Dolliver State Park • Flint Hills Resources Renewables • Iowa DNR Financial and Business Assistance • Kossuth County Community Foundation • Rockwell Collins
Silver Stern Sponsors: Cargill• Hy-Vee, Inc. • City of Algona • Integrated DNA Technologies • Iowa Whitewater Coalition • Kossuth County Conservation •
North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency • Upper Iowa University • Webster County Conservation
River Steward Sponsors:  Caterpillar Elkader LLC • Connie Struve • Environmental Advocates • NewBo City Market • Russ and Collette Clark • Snyder & Associates, Inc. • Stine Seed Company • Touch the Earth Outdoor Recreation and Education - University of Iowa • UNI Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management
River Rescue Sponsors: Al Nelson • Algona Community School District • B4 Brands • Bennett Recycling • Bob Gridley • Boy Scout Troop 71 • Boy Scout Troop 108 • Boy Scout Troop 242 • Can Shed LLC • Cedar River Festival Group • Cedar Valley Paddlers • Central Iowa Fly Fishers • Central Iowa Paddlers • City of Dakota City •  City of Fort Dodge • City of Humboldt • City of Livermore •  Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa • Corn Belt Power Cooperative • CrawDaddy Outdoors • CS Bank • Darrel & Jean Brothersen • Des Moines Area Community College • Dump It Sanitation Recycling Inc. • Eaton Corporation • Engman Disposal • Fairfield Art Association • Franklin SWCD • Friends of Webster County Conservation • Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association • Humanities Iowa •  Humboldt Community School District • Humboldt County Historical Association • JAX Outdoor Gear • Jim Dodd • Kossuth County Transfer Station • Kossuth Soil & Water Conservation District • Livermore American Legion Post 415 • Mark Bohner • Northland Auto & Marine • Pat Lohmann & Jim Herd • Prairie Rapids Audubon Society • Rick and Jean Weishaar • Seatasea Watersports Center • Seven Oaks Recreation • Skunk River Paddlers • Sqwincher Corporation/Process Marketing Group • Sue Caley • The Dental Practice • University of Northern Iowa Outdoor Recreation • William & Joan Kauten • Wilton Steel Processing
Life Jacket Sponsors: Andrew & Maureen Johnson