Mark your calendars for the 11th annual Xtreme Cleanup on Sat., Aug. 9. Xtreme Cleanup is a Quad City –wide cleanup of sections of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers, along with creeks and drainage ways. Several sections still have open registration, including:
Credit Island: 6 (Heavy Duty, Davenport)
Fairmount Wetlands: 8 (Invasive species, Davenport)
Lost Grove Lake: 8 (Light duty, Lost Grove Lake)
Welcome Way: 7 (Invasive species, Davenport)
Other areas have filled their registration needs. There’s a focus on removing invasive species this year to save native species, which provide food and protection for native wildlife, prevent erosion, cleanse rainwater and beautify the environment. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get dirty to clean up the Quad Cities!
Last year 1,564 volunteers gathered 1,129 bags of trash, 288 tires, 15 appliances, nine bicycles, 16 pieces of furniture, 16 televisions and 14 mattresses. That adds up to 36,700 pounds of trash, 6,912 pounds of tires, 1,125 pounds of appliances, 207 pounds of bicycles, 240 pounds of televisions and 350 pounds of mattresses for the grand total of 45,534 pounds.
Heavy duty work includes removing tires, appliances and items over 30 pounds, and may include rough or steep terrain. It’s not recommended for children. Light duty cleanup includes picking up litter and general site maintenance and is great for families. A list of the cleanup sites can be found here. Invasive species removal requires using saws, shears and hauling brush. Storm drain marking involves teams of three or four to place markers and clear storm drains. Walking one or two miles is expected. Helpful tips for volunteers can be found here.