Organizations in Hamilton County are looking for volunteers to help with the annual Boone River cleanup, scheduled this year on Aug. 10.
The cleanup has been held since 2007. In a Feb. 2013 interview, Denny Armentrout who helps lead the River cleanup, said volunteers have picked up more than five tons of scrap metal, nearly 600 tires and a ton and a half of trash since the first cleanup day. Usually, the cleanup covers about a four mile section of the River, but is looking at just over five miles of the Boone River to clean up this year. The cleanup has covered about nine miles of the River overall since 2007.
Through leadership from the City of Webster City, Hamilton County Conservation and ISU Extension in Hamilton County, the annual event brings the tools for volunteers to help clean up the river. Using canoes, volunteers will paddle down the river and scan the water for trash. Volutneers will gather what they can into their canoes, and in teams of two in a canoe, will collect the trash they find into bins, laundry baskets and trash bags.
While canoes are available through Hamilton County Conservation, they have a limited number and ask that volunteers bring their own if they are able. The event's organizers also ask that volunteers bring sunscreen, water, bug spray, a shovel and gloves if available. Lunch is provided and beverages will be available.
Becky Koppen, volunteer coordinator for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Hamilton County, said she is looking for volunteers to assist in the cleanup as well. Rather than looking for additional volunteers to directly work in the River for the cleanup, Koppen said she is looking for senior volunteers to assist with other facets of the cleanup. That includes helping at registration early in the morning, shuttling the vehicles, helping with the serving of the meal and helping with canoe cleanup after the River cleanup is done.
"Stewardship of the land is important in our organization," Koppen said. "This cleanup gives us the opportunity to help with that."
Check in for the Boone River Cleanup will be at 7 a.m. at Bells Mill Park. Volunteers are asked to park between the shower house and the Gristmill Kiosk. A shuttle service will be provided to transport volunteers. The cleanup will have volunteers on the River for up to five hours. In the case of rain, the cleanup will be delayed to Aug. 17. To check if the cleanup is moved due to inclement weather, call 832-9597.
To volunteer for the cleanup, contact Brian Stroner at 832-9116 or John Laird at 832-9570. To volunteer through RSVP, contack Koppen at 832-2525.