Project AWARE Volunteers to Clean Up Maquoketa River

A group of volunteers will be coming to Manchester next month to help clean up the river.

Project AWARE will cover 63 miles of the Maquoketa River, starting in Manchester, on Sunday, July 8th. They’ll be using canoes to pick up trash from the river, with most of the garbage picked up going to recycling places across the state.

They’ll head out on Monday, July 9th to travel the river five miles from the Manchester Whitewater Park to Bailey’s Ford Park Access. On Tuesday, July 10th, they’ll go nearly ten miles down the river to Hopkinton and Wednesday’s trip of nearly twenty miles ends in Monticello. They’ll be camping out along the way.

Anyone can help with Project AWARE, including kids – over 300 volunteers from across Iowa have signed up already. There is a daily fee to participate – $35 if you register by Friday (and then it jumps to $45 after June 15th). The fee covers meals, transportation and the use of a canoe.

To register or get or more information, go online to