The Des Moines River will get some special attention from central Iowa volunteers this summer.
The Department of Natural Resources is bringing project AWARE to the river between Algona and Fort Dodge in July.
AWARE stands for A Watershed Awareness River Expedition and is designed to get the river cleaned up while teaching volunteers about watersheds, water quality, and recycling.
Volunteers will paddle more than 90 miles of the river picking up trash as they go.
“Project AWARE will be a huge boost to restoring the pristine beauty of the river corridor,” said Todd Lee, Humboldt County Conservation Board director.
This is the 11th year the DNR has offered project AWARE. They say over the years volunteers have cleaned up 780 miles of river and removed 242 tons of trash.
For more information on volunteering visit the Project AWARE website.