What is Xstream Cleanup?
Xstream Cleanup is a Quad-Cities initiative to clean up our waterways with the goal of maintaining clean water for drinking, recreation, wildlife and commerce.

Our partners provide fun, worthwhile volunteer opportunities that give you a reason to get out, have fun, get dirty and make a difference!

Illinois Commercial for Xstream Cleanup campaign from MotionSix Creative on Vimeo.

History of Xstream Cleanup

The Xstream Cleanup committee formed in September of 2003 due to the great success of that summer’s Duck Creek Cleanup. Chad Pregracke, of Living Lands & Waters, suggested that the group expand its cleanup efforts outside of Davenport and Bettendorf and into the entire Quad City Area. The suggestion was well received and the planning began.

The 2004 event was held on Saturday, August 28th. Over 1,300 volunteers teamed up to clean up 28 sites and removed over 40 tons, or 80,000 pounds, of debris from area waterways. This included 1,300 bags of trash, 270 tires, 50 pieces of furniture, 45 bicycles, 40 railroad ties, 30 appliances, 18 drums, and much more.

The 2004 event was the first cleanup event of its kind in the history of the Quad City Area. Because of the cooperative effort and the great strides made in improving the community environment, the 2004 event was named:
IOWATER Event of the Year, through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
On the River’s Environmentalists of the Year, through the Quad-City Times
Iowa Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence—Special Recognition in Water Quality

Today the committee includes representatives from Cities of Bettendorf, Davenport, LeClaire, Moline, and Rock Island, as well as representatives from several organizations and businesses throughout the Quad Cities.

2013 marked the ten year anniversary of Xstream Cleanup in the QCA - and that was cause for celebration. Special events were held and videos were created to thank volunteers, sponsors and the community, as well as to promote water quality.


Volunteer Opportunities
2017 Spring-Summer Calendar

Moline Litter Cleanup
3 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017: Meet at Moline High School. Join MHS students to cleanup for Earth Day. Learn more and register by contacting Kate Helms at

Cleanup & Garlic Mustard Pull
8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017: Nahant Marsh (Davenport). Get your hands dirty with Nahant for their annual spring cleanup. Register online.

MAiZE Earth Day Cleanup
9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017: Downtown Davenport.
Clean up downtown with the Figge Art Museum as part of their MAize Earth Day Event, which includes plastic-bottle cornstalk construction with artist Jean Shinn. Register online.

Cleanup & Greenup
8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017: Location TBD
. Plant trees and clean up litter with Davenport Public Works. Learn more and register online.

Street Cleanup
9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017: Downtown Rock Island
. Meet up with Keep Rock Island Beautiful to clean up downtown and have some fun! Sign up: 309-786-1334.

Invasive Species Removal
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 6, 2017: Black Hawk State Historic Site (Rock Island)
. Help remove harmful plants from natural areas with Keep Rock Island Beautiful. Poison ivy is a possibility; wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes. Register: (309) 786-1334.

Bettendorf in Bloom
8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017:
Meet at the QC Waterfront Convention Center to help clean up litter and beautify the city.
Register online.

Tree Nursery Maintenance
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 13, 2017: Living Lands & Waters Tree Nursery (Davenport)
. Help clean up the tree nursery by weeding and performing other tasks. Learn more and register online.

Rock River Cleanup
9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017: Meet at Backwater Gamblers Park, 44th Street @ the Rock River (Rock Island). Clean up litter and beautify Rock Island. Register: (309) 786-1334.

Tree Nursery Maintenance
9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 17, 2017: Living Lands & Waters Tree Nursery (Davenport)
. Help clean up the tree nursery by weeding and performing other tasks. Learn more and register online.

Ben Butterworth Parkway Cleanup
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 17, 2017: Sierra Club Eagle View Group Mississippi River Cleanup (Moline).
Register by e-mailing Kristen Bergren.