The annual DuPage County River Sweep is a county-wide, self-coordinated, stream cleanup and restoration event. The purpose of the river sweep is to encourage volunteers to help "sweep our rivers clean" by picking up debris in and along the local waterways and restoring nearby land back to its natural state.
Despite heavy rains the day of the event last year more than 600 volunteers came out. In 2017 over 65 miles of shoreline were cleared of trash. The Sweep encompasses the East and West Branches of the DuPage River and Salt Creek, as well as many tributaries.
The 2018 River Sweep takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 9 AM to Noon. If you would like to be involved in the 2018 DuPage River Sweep, there are three ways to get started: consider being a Community Liaison, Group Coordinator or Individual Volunteer. To learn more and/or to register for the river sweep, please visit the Conservation Foundation or contact Joe Potts with Bloomingdale Park District at 630-529-3650.