OREGON – Area residents will remove litter in and along the Rock River as part of the fifth annual Oregon Area Rock River Sweep from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 7.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of North Second and Franklin streets, behind Conover Square.
With help from the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, the Oregon Park District, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department and American Rivers, the Oregon Area Rock River Sweep will supply a limited number of gloves, trash bags, bug spray and T-shirts.
Boaters, river land owners, Scout groups and other service organizations are needed to help pick up trash, as well as sort the waste and recyclables. Student organizations can earn community service hours.
This year, event planners are encouraging more motor boat, canoe and kayak owners to participate because they have better access to areas of the river which cannot be reached from the shoreline.
Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants and older shoes, and to also bring a reusable water bottle to the event that can be refilled to reduce waste.
Water and snacks will be available.
For more information, contact Steve Rypkema of Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-732-4020.