River patrol

— Submitted photo Volunteers load debris and trash into canoes during a previous Boone River Cleanup. This year’s effort is Saturday.

Volunteers will take to the Boone River this weekend to help ensure that the waterway remains one of the best paddling rivers in Iowa.

Organizers said they are looking for help on Saturday to clean the river and banks for safer recreational and wild life. Canoes are available and a free t-shirt is given for the first 50 volunteers registered. Beverages will be available and a free lunch is offered for volunteers after the river is scrubbed clean, organizers said.

The Boone River Cleanup is an annual county-wide service project coordinated by ISU Extension and Outreach Hamilton County, the City of Webster City, and Hamilton County Conservation. The public is invited to join the clean-up effort by meeting at 7:30 a.m. to register at shelter No. 1 at Briggs Woods. Shuttle service will be provided to return to the shelter at the end of the cleanup. Volunteers are asked to wear gloves and closed toed shoes.

Feel free to bring your own canoe. An adult must accompany children under 15 years old, and parents must sign a waiver and medical information form for all youth under 18

All volunteers must abide by Iowa Department of Natural Resources boating laws. No alcohol consumption is allowed.

Officials said they hope to be on the river by 8 a.m.

Along the way volunteers will remove pop cans, plastic sacks, tires, and other pieces of trash they find in the river’s waters and banks.

Historic relics will be seen from the river along the way. The old rendering plant smokestack, a gristmill stone and more are easily viewed on the journey south, according to organizers.

If you have any questions, please check out the Hamilton County Extension website or call 832-9597 for more information.

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