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Posted on: May 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Conservation Foundation Declares May as DuPage River Sweep Month

Conservation Foundation
Westmont, Illinois
Date Issued: May 5, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Conservation Foundation has modified its River Sweep Program and has declared the entire month of May as DuPage River Sweep Month.  Foregoing the originally planned group event, the Conservation Foundation is encouraging citizens to get out and show some love to a waterway near you.           

At times and places that are convenient for you, the Conservation Foundation invites individuals and immediate family members to clean up trash and debris on a nearby trail or waterway.  

The fact is, even trash on land will eventually wind up in our rivers, so if you don’t have easy access to a river or stream, you can still participate.  All you need are some gloves, a trash bag, and a heart for service.  Even though we can’t gather in large groups this year, small efforts will collectively make a big difference!

The Conservation Foundation has provided some tips to make your DIY River Sweep safe and successful:
  • Wear protective clothing, especially gloves
  • Maintain a safe social distance from others
  • Bring bags and containers appropriate for transporting trash back home with you
  • Do not use a park’s trash containers, as they can get overloaded
  • Photograph your participants, collected trash, path or shoreline
  • Please carry out your cleanup efforts on public lands or private property that you have access to.  
Please take photos of your cleanup and post them on your social media pages with the location you worked at and the hashtag #riversweep and tag The Conservation Foundation.  

For more information on the DuPage River Sweep please visit:

The Village of Westmont Public Works Department has put their Spring Storm Drain Stenciling event on hold with the hope of rescheduling in the fall.  Updates will be posted on the Village website.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/Public Information Officer

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