Volunteers needed to clean up Quad City waterways

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Xstream Cleanup, presented by Riverboat Development Authority and Group O, is seeking hundreds of volunteers to clean up 43 sites in the Quad Cities area on Saturday, August 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Cleanups will take place in Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire and McCausland, Iowa; Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis, Illinois.

Volunteers can choose to participate in either a light-duty or heavy-duty cleanup, invasive plant removal or a greening/beautification project. All volunteers registered by August 2 receive a free t-shirt and a pass for a special viewing area at River Roots Live on August 18.

No previous cleanup experience is necessary and supplies will be provided. A parent or guardian must accompany volunteers under the age of 18. Interested persons should register online at The registration deadline is August 2.

This event will mark the ninth annual Xstream Cleanup. Last year nearly 1,300 volunteers worked on August 13 and removed 69,455 pounds of debris from area waterways and illegal dump sites.

Xstream Cleanup 2012 is sponsored by: Presenting Sponsors: Group O and Riverboat Development Authority. Platinum Sponsors: Alcoa, iLivehere® and Living Lands & Waters. Gold Sponsors: Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, Iowa American Water, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency and The Moline Foundation. Silver Sponsors: Alter Metal Recycling, DHL Global Forwarding, Independent Insurance Agents of Scott County, McCarthy-Bush Corporation, Oystar Packaging Technologies, Quad City Conservation Alliance, Radish magazine, Sears Seating and Wallace’s Garden Center. Bronze Sponsors: Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection, Mel Foster Company and Midas Auto Systems Experts. Logistics Sponsors: Cities of Bettendorf, Buffalo, Davenport, LeClaire, McCausland, Milan, Moline, Rock Island and Silvis. Allied Waste, Bi-State Regional Commission, Keep Rock Island Beautiful, Partners of Scott County Watersheds, River Roots Live and Waste Commission of Scott County.