The annual DuPage County River Sweep is a county-wide, self-coordinated stream cleanup held each spring. Since 1998 the Riversweep has included communities down through the Lower DuPage River Watershed. The purpose of the River Sweep is to encourage volunteers to help "sweep our rivers clean" by picking up debris in and along local waterways. More than 10,200 volunteers have removed nearly 245 tons of garbage from local streams since 1991. The Conservation Foundation promotes and coordinates the DuPage County River Sweep by encouraging municipal, park district and township coordination of local clean-up areas and volunteer recruitment.
To participate in the Sweep, Community Liaisons and groups select a section of stream, coordinate a group of volunteers then go out and remove litter from the area. Participants can choose to gather trash from shore or get in the water on a canoe or kayak.
To learn more about the DuPage River Sweep click here or contact Jan Roehll.