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June 5, 2019

STATE’S LARGEST RIVER CLEANUP ADVENTURE SET FOR JULY

PRESS RELEASE - It’s not every day hundreds of strangers converge on a river to pick up trash. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

Boone River to Host River Cleanup Expedition

THE BOONE RIVER REVIEW - The Boone River in north-central Iowa will be a lot lighter, and arguably prettier, in just a few short months. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Lake Delhi Trustees Donate $15,000 to Project AWARE

KMCH MIX 94.7 BLOG - The Lake Delhi Trustees have given back to an organization that helped them in a big way last summer. READ MORE

February 4, 2019

Boone River to be focus of Project AWARE

RADIO IOWA - It’s still cold and snowy but organizers of the Iowa Project AWARE campaign are thinking ahead to the steamy days of summer and they’re asking volunteers to mark off their calendars. READ MORE

January 18, 2019

Iowa Project AWARE is cleaning up the state's rivers, mile by mile: BTN LiveBIG

BTN LiveBIG - Catfish? Bluegill? Crappie? Nah, the volunteers of Iowa Project AWARE are traversing the state's waterways in search of a different quarry. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

How the University of Iowa is helping clean up riverways, mile by mile

BTN LiveBIG - With help from the Hawkeyes, Project AWARE volunteers are paddling down Iowa rivers, pulling out tons of garbage and creating a community of watershed awareness and stewardship that makes for a happier, healthier environment. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

21 Tons of Trash Picked Up During Project AWARE River Clean-up

KMCH MIX 94.7 BLOG - The final numbers are in for this summer’s Project AWARE clean-up along the Maquoketa River. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

NO SHORTAGE OF TRASH, VOLUNTEERS & ‘THANK YOU’S’ ON RIVER CLEANUP

The Maquoketa River in east-central Iowa is now 21 tons of trash lighter, thanks to the efforts of 397 volunteers. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Project AWARE releases statistics for 2018

KCRG-TV9 - This year the annual project that began in 2003 traveled 63 miles on the river and had 397 participants to take on the river in Delaware, Jones, and Jackson counties. READ MORE

August 18, 2018

Project AWARE 2018: 14 Tons of Recycled Fun!

FOX ENGINEERING - What began as a one-time AWWA volunteer activity has turned into an annual outing with family and friends. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

Over 20 Tons of Trash Removed From Maquoketa River During Annual Cleanup

WAVERLY NEWSPAPERS - Flint Hills Resources employees, their family members and friends recently joined over 300 other volunteers from across Iowa and the Midwest to paddle the Maquoketa River picking up trash and helping protect and restore Iowa’s water resources. READ MORE

August 7, 2018

Project AWARE brings people together for river clean-up

THE MONTICELLO EXPRESS - A six-day canoe trip down the Maquoketa River from Manchester to Canton is not so much a recreational trip, but a statewide service project. READ MORE

August 3, 2018

A fulfilling day on Maquoketa River

THE GAZETTE - The Nature Call: But author is sidelined with poison ivy during Iowa A.W.A.R.E. READ MORE

August 2, 2018

Project AWARE: an Inspiring River Cleanup that Changes Lives

IOWA RAPTOR PROJECT BLOG - For a week in July, myself, and our Assistant Director—Laura, went on a river-cleaning trip with Project AWARE, or A Watershed Awareness River Expedition designed to bring folks together in a community for a week each summer to canoe (or kayak) a segment of one of Iowa’s rivers to clean up trash out of the river... READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Project AWARE wraps up river cleanup, volunteers find car on the final day

KCRG-TV9 - When Project Aware started in Iowa in 2003, it was described as a small group of 25 to 30 people doing what they can to clean up the local rivers. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Volunteers pull thousands of pounds of garbage from Maquoketa River

RADIO IOWA - A 63-mile long stretch of the Maquoketa River is a lot cleaner thanks to an annual effort known as Project AWARE. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Project AWARE volunteers begin river clean up in Manchester

MANCHESTER PRESS - Over 200 volunteers took to the river to clean a 22-mile stretch of the Maquoketa River July 9-13. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

Boat motors, carpet among the tons of trash pulled from Maquoketa River

KWWL - Boat motors, carpets, and an endless amount of scrap metal, that’s what nearly 270 volunteers spent their day cleaning out of the Maquoketa River. These volunteers are with Iowa Project AWARE, A Watershed Awareness River Expedition. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

State’s largest river cleanup to begin July 8

LAB LINK (STATE HYGIENIC LABORATORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA) -It’s not every day that hundreds of strangers from across the country converge on one stretch of river with a simple, yet shared, goal of picking up garbage. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Project AWARE plans for July river cleanup

THE MONTICELLO EXPRESS - It’s not every day that hundreds of strangers from across the country converge on one stretch of river with a simple, yet shared goal of picking up garbage. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Project AWARE Volunteers to Clean Up Maquoketa River

KMCH MIX 94.7 BLOG - A group of volunteers will be coming to Manchester next month to help clean up the river. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Reminder: Project AWARE Early bird prices end May 1

MANCHESTER PRESS – Paddlers who wish to participate in the Project AWARE river clean-up effort have until May 1 to get early bird registration pricing. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Reminder: Project AWARE Early bird prices end May 1

CASCADE PIONEER – Reminder: Project AWARE Early bird price end May 1. READ MORE

April 4, 2018

Project Aware returns to Maquoketa River

MANCHESTER PRESS – Fifteen years ago, three dozen volunteers set out to pick up trash from the Maquoketa River and, in doing so, sparked a river cleanup movement that became a nationally recognized leader in environmental education and stewardship efforts. READ MORE

April 4, 2018

Project Aware returns to Maquoketa River

CASCADE PIONEER – Fifteen years ago, three dozen volunteers set out to pick up trash from the Maquoketa River and, in doing so, sparked a river cleanup movement that became a nationally recognized leader in environmental education and stewardship efforts. READ MORE

April 3, 2018

River cleanup returns to its roots

CLINTON HERALD – A decade and a half ago during a drizzly first week of June, three dozen volunteers embarked on a first-of-its-kind river cleanup and outdoor education adventure. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Project AWARE river cleanup returns to its roots

STATE HYGIENIC LABORATORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – During a drizzly first week of June, 15 years ago, three dozen volunteers embarked on a first-of-its-kind river cleanup and outdoor education adventure. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Maquoketa River Cleanup Project AWARE – June 8-13, 2018

LAKE DELHI – A decade and a half ago during a drizzly first week of June, three dozen volunteers embarked on a first-of- its-kind river cleanup and outdoor education adventure. READ MORE