You could almost establish a Mayberry-style home, including the white picket fence, with items dragged out of the East and West Branches of the
DuPage River by 700 volunteers in last year’s DuPage River Sweep. Among their homey finds (besides the fence) were an old piano, sofa and loveseat, dining room chairs, a telephone, old doors, toys and for seasonal flair, some sleds and a scarecrow. In all an estimated 9.5 tons of various forms of junk were collected by this enthusiastic throng.
This Saturday morning from 9am to Noon, hundreds of wader-clad, gloved volunteers will again fan out along 60 river miles to pull trash and debris from the waterway that connects their communities in the 2015 DuPage River Sweep. Ecological restoration has been part of the River Sweep for the past few years and this year approximately 2.5 acres in Itasca, Lisle and Winfield will feel the impact of stewarding hands. Teams in these communities will remove buckthorn, honeysuckle and the invasive garlic mustard to improve the health of their woodlands.
It’s a Mayberry kind of feeling to see all of these people giving of their time and energy to restore health and vitality to the DuPage River and the towns it runs through. If you would like to be a part of this year’s River Sweep we are still welcoming volunteers.
Written by Jill Johnson, Communications Manager