Pecatonica River Clean-Up re-scheduled for Aug. 28

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The Eighth Annual Pecatonica River Clean-Up in Freeport has been re-scheduled for Aug. 28 because of recent flooding. The event was originally scheduled for July 30-31.

The clean-up, organized by the United Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation and Rock Hollow Conservation Club, is the largest conservation effort in northern Illinois.

Volunteers are needed to collect trash, not only from the river, but also the shoreline and the nearby prairie path. Service clubs and individuals are encouraged to assist in the clean-up. A cook-out for all volunteers will follow clean-up.

This year, more than 100 volunteers are expected to be out on the river removing several truckloads of debris, bottles, plastic and more from the Pecatonica River. The goal of the annual event is to teach children that their actions have a direct impact on the delicate environment.

The United Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to purchase large tracts of habitat, provide and preserve multi-use habitat for children, teach children that personal involvement can positively impact wildlife and habitat, and work to unite sportsmen, agriculture and communities. Donations are accepted.

To register or for more information, call (815) 599-5690 or e-mail Visit for more details.

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