19th Annual River Run Garbage Grab

(Des Moines / Raccoon River Cleanup)

From Saylorville to Yellow Banks Park


2021 Event Cancelled

due to due to safety concerns

Thank you for your continued support and interest in keeping beautiful the trails and waterways of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers. The Riverstewards organization will not be holding our annual cleanup event in 2021. As an individual, if any of your summer outdoor activities have included removing debris or trash, let us know by emailing us a photo and caption of your successes. Keep up the good work, we look forward to seeing everyone next year, stay safe!



"Down By The Riverside"

Reconnecting people with the Des Moines River

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2009, 2010 & 2011 Photography provided by Eric J Salmon and John Zeller

This event allows volunteers the opportunity to remove trash from the river or along its adjacent trails--paddlers, rowers, power boaters, walkers, hikers, bicyclers, mountain bikers, birders, etc are all welcome!

Want to participate but don't have a canoe?

Sign up for any of our land based clean ups!

Bring your own water bottles

In an effort to reduce unnecessary waste we are not providing bottled water this year so volunteers will need to bring their own water bottles to their event.

Wells Fargo Metro Waste Authority City of Des Moines Bass Pro Shops Casey's
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