Volunteers will be able to canoe along a scenic central Iowa river, get a healthy workout and help to clean up the environment — all at once this weekend. The second annual Boone River Clean-up is Saturday starting in Webster City’s Briggs Woods Park.
John Laird, with the Hamilton County Conservation Department, says canoe-based clean-up crews will be pulling all sorts of trash out of the waterway. He says last year, the teams found 214 tires, three-thousand pounds of scrap metal and 15-hundred pounds of just trash, everything from pop cans to vehicle transmissions.
The first year for the event drew volunteers from all over Iowa and it’s hoped this year’s clean-up will be even larger, as it focuses on a different section of river. Laird says the Boone River is already one of Iowa’s premier destinations for canoeing. Laird says anyone who’s interested in volunteering on the Boone River this Saturday should be prepared to get dirty — while having fun.
He says to bring gloves, a small shovel or trowel, sunscreen, snacks and insect repellant. Laird also suggests a change of clothes, as you can get pretty grimy. For more details, call (515) 832-9570 or visit the county’s website .