The Iowa River Clean-up scheduled for this Saturday, September 20 from Iowa City to Hills has been cancelled. Recent heavy rains that caused higher river levels, combined with predicted thunderstorms on Saturday, have led organizers to cancel the event.
Carol Sweeting, who organizes stormwater volunteer projects for the City of Iowa City's Public Works Department, stated that high river levels would have made river navigation difficult for clean-up. The threat of bad weather sealed the deal.
"With sandbars underwater and steep-cut banks along the river, it would be difficult for our volunteers to safely exit the river in the event of a thunderstorm. Holding the clean-up under these conditions is a safety concern for our volunteers and our staff," she said. Around 60 volunteers had registered to help with this year's event.
Another Iowa River Cleanup will be planned for September of next year.
For more information, contact Carol Sweeting at 319/356-5164 or e-mail email@example.com.