DuPage River Sweep 2020
May 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Healthy people and healthy communities are at the heart of The Conservation Foundation’s mission. We are currently monitoring circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and will provide an update on the status of the 2020 DuPage River Sweep soon. Thank you for your understanding.
The annual DuPage County River Sweep is a county-wide self-coordinated stream cleanup and restoration event. Each year, people from all over the community join us to “sweep our rivers clean” by picking up debris in and along the local waterways and restoring nearby land back to its natural state.
This entire effort would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers who join us year after year to clean and restore our shared waterways. We invite you to join us this year on May 16 from 9am-12pm to get in on the fun. Our natural spaces and waterways depend on our stewardship and protection to remain at their best.
If picking up trash isn’t your bag, you can help communities by restoring natural areas near waterways. Please indicate this preference on your registration. Adult supervision is requested for volunteers under age 18. Participating restoration locations include:
- Hitchcock Woods – Lisle
- Hidden Oaks Conservation area – Bolingbrook
- Various locations – Westmont
- Kingsley Prairie, bordering McDonald Farm and Kingsley Elementary School – Naperville
Community Liaisons & Group Coordinators
Community Liaisons assist Group Coordinators and their groups in selecting a section of the stream to clean. Supplies and technical support are provided by organizing sponsoring the sweep to help coordinate your efforts. To learn more about being a Community Liaison or Group Coordinator please read the following:
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 info on how to get started.
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 to visit their website)
- Intro to Paddling, Canoe & Kayak
- Moving Water I
- Moving water II
Geneva Kayak Center (Yorkville) – A variety of classes are available
Looking for a way to sweep the river while maneuvering a canoe or kayak? Here are two sources for rentals:
|Ron Remus |
630-858-2462 ext. 151
630-428-4500 ext. 121
630-428-4500 ext. 121
Sponsors and Partners
River Sweep supplies and technical support are provided by these sponsoring organizations and partners: