2016 DuPage River Sweep






Be part of this record-setting tradition! 
Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:00 am to Noon




 The annual DuPage County River Sweep is a county-wide self-coordinated stream cleanup and restoration event is celebrating its 25th anniversary!  The purpose of the river sweep is to encourage volunteers to help "sweep our rivers clean" by picking up debris in and along the local waterways and restoring nearby land back to its natural state.


Adventures for Adventurous People Sweep Team at Churchill Woods

More than 10,800 volunteers have removed nearly 252 tons of garbage from DuPage County streams since 1991. The Sweep encompasses the East and West Branches of the DuPage River and Salt Creek, as well as many tributaries.  In 2015 a record was set by amazing volunteers.  Over 95 miles of shoreline was cleared of debris. Items such as a car bumper, about 40 golf balls, a tricycle, a no-parking sign, a shopping cart and more were removed. 

Over 200 students routinely participate in the cleanup. County-wide, 600 volunteers were spread throughout the watershed, maintaining our record setting pace for the seventh consecutive year.  Since adding restoration to Sweep activities in 2009, more than eighteen acres of land near waterways have been stewarded by volunteers removing invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard, honeysuckle and multiflora rose.

To Register

Volunteer registration for the 2016 DuPage River Sweep is now closed. 

We hope you will join us as a volunteer next May for the 26th annual DuPage River Sweep!  And if you see people in the river this Saturday from 9am to Noon, give them a honk of encouragement.  They're making our communities and waterways cleaner and healthier.

Community Liaisons assist Group Coordinators and their groups with selecting a section of stream.   Through their own coordination litter may be removed from the area or restoration is available in select locations (see below). Supplies and technical support are provided by organizations sponsoring the Sweep to help you coordinate your efforts. To learn more about being a Community Liaison or Group Coordinator, read Sweep Responsibilities and our Group Coordinator's Manual. Help us expand the Sweep to more locations by volunteering to be a Community Liaison or Group Coordinator in an area not listed below. Contact Jan Roehll for how to get started. It's simple. 

Individual volunteers may request being assigned to a group or may work independently in an area of their choosing.  Community Liaisons are available to assist individual volunteers the day of the Sweep as well.  To learn more read our Group Coordinator's manual highlighted above.

Read the 2016 River Sweep Brochure  for more information and a paper registration form.  Pre-registration is required. See button below to register online.

Restoration for the "Young-ins" with Community Liaison Al Zubenko at Hitchcock Woods

Restoration Sites

If picking up trash isn't your bag, help communities by restoring natural areas near waterways.

Register online below.

Please indicate this preference on your registration.  Adult supervision is requested for volunteers under age 18.

Participating locations include (Below is a list of locations for 2015):

Hitchcock Woods Forest Preserve - Lisle 

Hidden Oaks Conservation Area - Bolingbrook (park at Hidden Lakes Trout Farm)

Springbrook Nature Center - Itasca

Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve - Winfield



Community Liaison Contacts (More communities may be added prior to the Sweep)
The following communities have liaison contacts for you (see 2016 River Sweep Brochure before contacting):

Addison Ron Remus RRemus@addison-il.org 630-620-2020


Joe Potts




Kate Dorick



Carol Stream

Donna Hawco



Downers Grove

Dan Carlsen dcarlsen@downers.us


Glen Ellyn

Renae Frigo


630-858-2462 x151


Fred Maier




Marilyn Sucoe




Dave Gorman




Jan Roehll


Ext. 121

Oak Brook

Bonnie Gibellina



Oakbrook Terrace Craig Ward cward@oakbrookterrace.net 630-941-1651


Jonathan Proulx



Villa Park

Robert Wagner




Ray Ziemer



West Chicago Park District   Jesse Felix jfelix@we-goparks.org 630-231-2352


Jon Yeater




Rob Sperl




Gary Bernard



Wood Dale Steve Krych krychsteve@gmail.com 630-400-0926

All other areas

Jan Roehll


Ext. 121



Community Liaison Denise Sandoval (3rd from right) With Groups  at McDowell Woods

Promote the Sweep In Your Community

Use these promotional materials to help spread the word:

DuPage River Sweep Brochure

DuPage River Sweep Poster (8.5 x 11)


Watercraft Training & Rental  
Having fun on the water is a priority and learning to do so safely is paramount. Here are
some suggested resources for canoe/kayak training from some of our seasoned volunteers:

Prairie State Canoeists (Click here to visit website for dates):

  • Intro to Paddling, Canoe & Kayak
  • Moving Water I
  • Moving Water II

Geneva Kayak Center (Yorkville) - A variety of classes also available.

Looking for a way to sweep the river while maneuvering a canoe or kayak? Here are two sources for rentals: 
REI - Oakbrook Terrace  
Geneva Kayak Center (Yorkville)

Sponsors & Partners
River Sweep supplies and technical support are provided by these sponsoring organizations and partners :




The following municipalities, over the years, have issued proclamations supporting the Sweep:
Village of Bloomingdale
Village of Itasca
Village of Lisle
Village of Lombard
Village of Roselle
Village of Willowbrook
City of Warrenville
City of Wheaton
York Township

Click here for t
he 2015 River Sweep results.