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READY FOR XSTREAM CLEANUP 2014?

Registration is open! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 9, 2014 and sign up now.

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 WHERE'S MY FAVORITE SITE?

Looking for a specific cleanup site? You may notice that a few sites that have been part of Xstream Cleanup in the past are not included on our registration pages this year. Never fear—we still need your help! If you don't see your favorite site as you begin to register, there is likely another nearby spot that could use your able and willing hands. So please, sign up, try something new, and make a difference!

 FOCUS ON INVASIVE SPECIES

In 2014 Xstream Cleanup will refocus efforts to remove invasive species from Quad-Cities area watersheds. While invasive species have been part of the cleanup for several years, removing these troublesome plants will be a bigger part of the 2014 event—and with good reason.

What are invasive plants? Invasies are plants that have been brought to one region from a different region by humans either by accident or on purpose.

Why is it important to remove them? Exotic plants are considered invasive because they spread aggressively, choking out native plants that provide many benefits.  Native plants provide food and home for wildlife including birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.  Native plants also prevent erosion, cleanse rainwater and provide beauty and a link to our natural history. In natural areas where native plants are able to thrive it is vital to remove exotic, invasive plants.

Want to help? No experience necessary. When you sign up as a volunteer, you will have the option to select from a variety of cleanup sites, including light and heavy duty, and invasive species removal.

Want to learn more? A FREE workshop will be held Tuesday, July 22
from 1-3 p.m and 6-8 p.m. (choose only one) at the Fairmount Library in Davenport. Register by calling 563-323-5196 or clicking here

2014 T-SHIRT COLOR ANNOUNCED



In May we posted three possible colors for the 2014 Xstream Cleanupvolunteer T-shirts on the event's Facebook page and asked you to help select the final color. The winner? A color called "gravel," which is really just a fancy name for light gray. Nice pick, folks!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Please visit our Sponsors Page to view the incredible list of sponsors this year. We can not thank them enough for making the event possible.

 

XSTREAM CLEANUP HISTORY


Xstream Cleanup 2014 is the 11th annual Xstream Cleanup! Interested in learning more about past cleanups? Learn about the Xstream Cleanup history. View results from past Xstream Cleanup events. See photos from previous cleanups on our Flickr Page.


 

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Get Involved

There are several ways to stay involved with the health and quality of local waters throughout the year. Here are upcoming opportunities:


 
July 22
Invasive Plant Species Workshop from 1-3 or 6-8 p.m. at Fairmount Libary in Davenport. Sign-up (free) at www.nahantmarsh.org or
563-323-5196

July 29 or July 31
Channel Cat Talk: Water Quality Testing. Visit www.riveraction.org for details.

August 12
Channel Cat Talk: River Landscape Mosaic. Visit www.riveraction.org.

August 22-24
Lower Wapsi River Cleanup Project: www.lwrcp.org

August 27
Riverine Walk: State of the River
www.riveraction.org