Photos: Second Annual ‘Great Rock River Sweep’

Last Saturday’s (Sept. 10) Rock River Sweep made 18 full boats for the Illinois Paddling Council (IPC) and the Prairie State Canoeists at the old Ace of Diamonds boat ramp. Tom Lindblade, IPC president, said the area from Black Hawk Park to Black Hawk Island is worse than the Chicago River for trash, adding, “We left way more than we took out.” He also said, “There’s a lot of big stuff from the flood.” Paddle and Trail provided a much-appreciated shuttle bus. (Photo by Tom Lindblade)
Universal Hovercraft to the rescue! With their facility just south of the Morgan Street bridge, Ryan Springer and Bill Zang responded to TRRT’s editor & publisher’s call, and took on the dangerous area below the Fordham Dam and the islands above the 15th Avenue bridge. “We found everything from old BB guns to bowling balls,” Springer said. Always picking up trash on their everyday runs, they also provided trash cans for the canoeists working the sweep. Springer said old tires and scrap metal really show up at low water and in the spring. He suggested two cleanups a year for the area. Next week: pics and notes from the sweep above the dam. (Photo by Frank Schier)

From the Sept. 14-20, 2011, issue

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