Ioway Creek Trash Cleanup (2022)

Brookside Park by the 6th St Bridge, Ames, IA
April 30, 2022
Date Change: May 21st, 9 am – 1 pm

The Ioway Creek trash cleanup has been postponed to May 21 due to weather. If you can’t make it, hope to see you at another event!

Registration is currently closed.

Ioway Creek Cleanup Video

Last fall, volunteers removed over 2,500 pounds of trash from Ioway Creek in Ames.  Help us finish the job!  The event is organized by the City of Ames in partnership with Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Skunk River Paddlers, Story County Conservation, and the Outdoor Alliance of Story County and will be coordinated with Iowa State University’s “Stash the Trash”.

The Ioway Creek trash cleanup is a go for Saturday (May 21) at 9 AM! 

If you’ve registered, please confirm if you plan to attend (if you haven’t done so recently), so we can arrange for enough food (Jimmy John’s sandwiches) and canoes.  Let us know if you will be bringing your own canoe. Contact our Water Quality Specialist Dan Haug to confirm or if you have questions.

We meet at Brookside Park by the 6th Street bridge, where we’ll be launching canoes.  Canoes will mostly be used for hauling trash while we walk/wade alongside, but we’ll do some paddling in deeper spots.  If you’re in the creek, you’ll need to wear a life jacket — water levels are normal and there are some deeper pools in this section. If you’d rather stay out of the creek, we will also need some help at the access points picking up trash along the banks and then unloading canoes when they arrive. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear closed-toe footwear that can get wet and muddy.
The water has warmed up since our original date but the air temperature is forecast to be cool (high of 59) so bring a change of clothes in case you get wet.  We will have one non-trash canoe carrying dry bags for your stuff.  For smaller items we will have ziplock bags that can go in the drawstring backpacks we’ll provide.  We’ll have some gloves and water bottles, but please bring your own if you have them.
Hope to see you Saturday!
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