Letter: Rock River Sweep a success again

To all the people who turned out Saturday to help clean up the river, a big thank you. You were an important part of the whole effort, and together with volunteers in South Beloit, Roscoe, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockford, Byron and Oregon, we made our river quite a bit cleaner today.

It was a beautiful, rather autumn-like day, mostly clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s, a beautiful day to do our thing. About 60 people participated, including a large contingent of our friends from the Montessori program of Rockford Public Schools, and several new people as well as old faithful ones who have been with us since the beginning in 2010.

We cleaned roughly a 10-mile stretch of the river and collected an estimated 1,300 lbs. of trash including 18 old tires, large chunks of Styrofoam, fishing gear, scrap iron, springs from a car seat, old carpeting, stuffing from a discarded recliner, a 10-gallon plastic tank, countless aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles. We spotted mallards, Canada geese and a bald eagle among other wildlife. It seems that we are gradually getting the river a little cleaner as there was less junk than in previous years.

As always, we enjoyed refreshments and door prizes after our work was done.

We know that besides those who carelessly litter, there are also many landowners who keep their portion of the shoreline clean. Thank you.

Our local business supporters included Advia Credit Union, First National Bank & Trust, Green Quarter Landscaping, Flotowood Services, the Flying Pig, Dairyhaus, Rockton Lions Club, Country Financial, Local Dough, Marilyn Mohring, Country Cottage, Jack’s Tire, Sanctuary Spa, Mark’s Pizza, Rockton Hardware, Rock River Disposal and rockriversweep.org. Frank Schier of The Rock River Times and Marianne Mueller of the Herald helped to publicize the event. Our thanks to all!

We hope you’ll join us again next year, and keep picking up trash wherever you see it!

Loren Floto
Rock River Sweep–Rockton


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