Volunteers make a difference

OREGON – The Rock River Sweep Committee and Oregon Together would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in this year’s Rock River Sweep in the Oregon area.  
On a picture perfect crisp September morning, more than 45 people came out to clean up the banks and islands of the Rock River on the 9-mile stretch from Mud Creek Road to Castle Rock State Park.   
Thanks to everyone who walked through the rocks, grass, and mud, as well as all of the boaters who hauled out boat loads of waste. A special thanks to those who sorted each and every bag of waste to separate out the recyclables. Three small dump-truck loads of waste were removed, sorted, and recycled or disposed of safely.
We would also like to thank the following Oregon Area sponsors and organizations for their time, support, and services:
The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department, the Oregon Park District, White Pelican Canoe Rental, Oregon Together, American Rivers, and the Rock River Trail Initiative. Thanks also to Exelon, Oregon Scouts, Oregon Lion’s Club, and Oregon High School whose organizations contributed many volunteers.  And thank you to all the individuals who make it a point to come annually, both locally and from as far away as Rochelle, Freeport, and the western suburbs.                


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