Category Other Event of Interest
Date(s) - Sat May 15, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
May Is Now River Sweep Month!! The River Sweep organizes volunteers to “sweep our rivers clean” by picking up debris along waterways.
About this Event
May 15th is the DuPage River Sweep!!Our care for nature connects us all, even during this time of social distancing!
For the health of our volunteers, we will practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines during the event.We are encouraging everyone to get out and show some love to a waterway near you! The DuPage River Sweep will celebrate its 30th birthday this year.
The River Sweep is a county-wide cleanup of the DuPage River and its tributaries, including Salt Creek. Volunteers spread out along and in the river to pull trash and debris out of the water, and in recent years restoration activities such as removing invasive plant species and planting natives have been incorporated into the Sweep as well.
All told, nearly 14,000 volunteers have participated in the DuPage River Sweep since it began in 1991, cleaning the county’s rivers and streams of more than 285 tons — yes, tons — of garbage including rusty bicycles, car bumpers, hubcaps, and glass bottles. That’s the weight of almost TWENTY FOUR school buses!Please take photos of your cleanup and post them on your social media pages with the location your worked at and the hashtag #riversweep and tag The Conservation Foundation. Then we’ll all be able to see what a difference we have been able to make together even though we are apart!
Our health and the health of our communities are directly tied to the health of our rivers and streams, so let’s get out there and make a difference!