Chicago team members and their families recently participated in the 31st Annual DuPage County River Sweep. The event is put on by The Conservation Foundation, a non-profit land and watershed conservation organization in northeastern Illinois. According to their website, this is a county-wide stream cleanup and restoration event where volunteers help “sweep our rivers clean” by picking up debris in and along the branches of the DuPage River and restoring nearby land to its natural state. Over the past 31 years that this event has taken place, more than 9,000 volunteers have removed nearly 300 tons of garbage from DuPage County streams. The Chicago team worked at the McDowell Grove site and managed to collect 22 bags of debris in between the rain.
Nashville team members participated in the Annual La Vergne Stream Clean-Up, taking place about 30 minutes from downtown Nashville. The event was organized by the City of La Vergne, which has been a CEC client for decades, and their X-Stream Squad. The X-Stream Squad was founded in 2021 and meets once a month to clean sections of banks and streams throughout the city. The Nashville team has participated in stream clean-ups with the City for the past two years. This time, roughly 30 bags of trash were collected from Hurricane Creek and the surrounding bank.
The team also hosted a booth at the Stones River Water Fest. There were approximately 800 children from fourth to sixth grade in attendance, where team members gave a demonstration on the importance of good water quality for fish life. For more information about the event, click here. (CEC’s booth is featured at 3:00.)