Letter to the Editor: 2015 Oregon Area Rock River Sweep

Organizers of the Oregon Area Rock River Sweep would like to thank all of the volunteers, staff, and sponsors of the 7th Annual Oregon Area Rock River Sweep cleanup that was held on September 12. The weather was perfect for the 47 people who participated in the event and branched out to remove trash from an eight mile section of the river north and south of Oregon. The river was swept by people on foot, in kayaks, canoes and motorboats.

All of the waste removed from the river was sorted for recycling. One half-ton dump truck was filled with recyclables and another with waste to be disposed of. In addition, 10 tires, including a rear tractor tire, about 150 pounds of scrap metal, and several unusual items were picked out of the river and recycled or disposed.

A special thank you to the many volunteers and the following groups who participated: Oregon Park District, Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, RockRiverSweep.org, Oregon Mayor Ken Williams, local Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts, Rock River Trail Initiative, and this newspaper for helping to promote the event.

This year, the Rock River Sweep included 14 communities along the Rock River from Horicon, Wisconsin to Rock Falls, Illinois. RockRiverSweep.org is a grass roots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the health and ecosystem of the Rock River and its tributaries in Wisconsin and Illinois by partnering the communities along its banks into a unified, volunteer effort of river revitalization and annual clean-ups. For more information visit rockriversweep.org, or on Facebook: RockRiverSweep.org.

We look forward to next year’s sweep and continued involvement of volunteers and community groups to make the Rock River cleaner, healthier, and more attractive.


Mark Nehrkorn, Kayla Raper,
Angela Mahoney, & Steve Rypkema
RockRiverSweep.org Board

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