The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2005

Iowa City, University Project Will Clean Iowa River Banks Saturday

The city of Iowa City and the University of Iowa are co-sponsoring an Iowa River cleanup Sept. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. to clean trash and debris from the banks of the Iowa River on and near the UI campus. Volunteers, especially those with boats on the Iowa River, are needed for the effort. Volunteers from the UI "The 10,000 Hours Show," a program of the UI student organization Public Project, will contribute to the project.

University of Iowa students, staff and faculty, as well as all Iowa City residents, are urged to meet at the Iowa Memorial Union footbridge for instructions, says David McClain, UI water utilities engineer.

One group will clean the river's banks from the Park Road bridge south to the IMU footbridge, McClain says, and a second group will be assigned the west bank of the area south of the Burlington Street dam to the Benton Street bridge. The low river level at this time presents an opportunity to remove some of the debris in the river by boat. Volunteers with boats should meet at the City Park boat ramp for instructions.

Volunteers should wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Waste bags and rubber gloves will be provided.

"This is a great opportunity for those in the community to make a difference in the health of the Iowa River," McClain says.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048, charles-drum@uiowa.edu; Program: David McClain, 319-335-5990, david-mcclain@uiowa.edu or Carol Sweeting, 319-356-5164, Carol-Sweeting@iowa-city.org