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River Clean Up 2021

2021 Mississippi Earthtones Festival's Great Mississippi River Clean Up September 25, 2021

We would love your volunteer help at the 15th Annual MEF River Clean Up! Fun for the whole family and a free boat ride! NOTE: this is on Saturday, September 25th - the week AFTER MEF, not the morning of!

Planning partners include: The Three Rivers Project of the Sierra Club and the National Great Rivers and Research Center.

We are joining up with the National Public Lands Day activities and will have a river-based clean up component. This registration site is only for those wanting to get in the boats and clean an island or shore

1. Arrival Locations: CHANGE: We will board boats at the Lincoln Shields Rec. Area.

2. T-shirt designs: the MEF inspired shirts are awesome!

3. Insurance waivers will need to be signed to get on the boats. 

Please be prepared:

We will meet at the parking lot upstream from the Clark Bridge, on the Missouri side. There will be blue signs leading you there. Directions are below.

We will bring: T-shirts, lunch, gloves, & bags

Minors only allowed with parent/guardian and with fitting life vest...we'll have a few, but there aren't many youth sizes. Please make sure to shoot an e-mail to [email protected] if you need a youth life vest - thanks!

T-shirts: Please let us know your size and we'll do everything we can to get you the correct one.

Just a few reminders:

  • Wear long pants & closed toe shoes you can get muddy. You will get muddy!
  • Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen are advised!
  • If you have a favorite crowbar or other trash-freeing implement, please bring it along!
  • Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup if you can: we'll have coffee and bagels in the morning!
  • Please arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 to register and get outfitted with fitting personal flotation devices (life jackets). 
  • Lunch details: We'll purchase a variety of lunch items from local restaurants.

We couldn't do this important conservation work without the incredible help from you, the Beasley Fish Brothers, the Audubon Center at Riverlands, National Public Lands Day, the Army Corps of Engineers, and National Great Rivers and Research Center!

Directions: From Alton, cross the Clark Bridge and take the first right when you hit Missouri land and follow it into the big parking lot- if you miss this entrance, then take the first left towards the gas station, then take a left on the service road, take the left under the bridge and into the parking lot.

Thanks for your commitment!


Christine Favilla

Three Rivers Project Co-Coordinator

Piasa Palisades Group of the Sierra Club

Riverbender Community Center

112 Front Street

PO Box 702

Alton IL, 62002-6180

(618) 401-7870

[email protected]





Date: 09/25/2021 (Sat.)

Created by:   Christine Favilla
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Location Time (CDT) Available Slot
Boat ramp parking lot below Lock and Dam, in W. Alton 8:00am - 9:00am  

Morning snack and coffee pick up (2)

Go get the morning snacks and deliver to registration table

All slots filled
Ann Hiebert
Dan Hiebert

Registration table (2)

Help sign in registered participants

All slots filled
Jen Young
Sandy Budde

Outfitting (3)

Help participants choose properly sized life vests and gloves

2 of 3 slots filled
Brent Masiero
Sarah Fisher
9:00am - 12:00pm  

River Clean Up (30)

Clean the islands and river shores of trash and debris

29 of 30 slots filled
Sarah Carnes (2)
Myself and husband Mike
Geof Janovsky
Sally Kirbach (4)
I will have David and our boys with me. We will provide life vests for us.
Flea Bodine (2)
Weston Oasen (5)
Doug Mendenhall
Stephanie Mendenhall
Keena Johnson
Lily Maluck
Isabelle Bassford
McKenna Daiber
Evan Rohlfs
Dylan Gossett
Aly Abou-Zaid
Zoe Bonds
Leslie Kupferle
Isabel Patten
Anna Dovha
Dean Kaufman
David Cross
9:30am - 12:30pm  

River Clean Up (30)

Clean the islands and river shores of trash and debris

24 of 30 slots filled
Hilary Harris
Megan Vandeusen (2)
Mike Farnam (2)
Dan Hiebert (3)
Nancy Lippincott
Elizabeth Hale
moriah davenport
Sierra Wilson (2)
Judah and I
Nicolli Cabello (2)
Jim&Deb Wafer (2)
Kassia Jordan
Katie Grable (2)
Emily Ehley
Sandy Budde (2)
Sheri Sidwell coming with me
David Hoffman
Boat ramp parking lot below Lock and Dam, in W. Alton 11:30am - 12:45pm  

Lunch Pick Up (2)

Go get the lunch and drinks and deliver to registration tent

All slots filled
Sarah Fisher
Tommy and Karen Cahill

Lunch Servers (2)

Help organize the lunch and make it easy for volunteers to go through

All slots filled
Jen Young
Sarah Fisher

Lunch Clean Up (2)

Help clear the area afterwards

1 of 2 slots filled
Jen Young
Boat ramp parking lot below Lock and Dam, in W. Alton 12:30pm - 3:00pm  

Bag Collectors (4)

Return to the piles of bags/debris and take by boat to final dumpsters

2 of 4 slots filled
Jen Young
Brent Masiero
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