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It's Our River Day 2013 

A Celebration of Illinois Rivers through Education, Recreation, and Conservation

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lt. Governor Simon invites communities and organizations to plan an It’s Our River Day event. Celebrated on the third Saturday in September, It’s Our River Day is a celebration of Illinois Rivers through education, recreation and conservation.  Rivers have been the foundation of communities throughout time, providing food, resources and transportation.  By participating in It’s Our River Day, communities will come together to learn about, protect and enjoy our vital resource.

Last year we had over 60 It’s Our River Day events across the State.  These events included river clean ups, canoe/kayaking trips, educational booths at festivals, fundraisers, recycling days and much more.  Help us make this year bigger and better by planning an event today. 

Let us know about your It’s Our River Day event by filling out and returning the registration sheet.  Your It’s Our River Day event will then be publicized on the Lt. Governor’s website, joining dozens of other events across the state for Illinois citizens who want to celebrate It’s Our River Day.

It's Our River Day Events:

Mississippi Earthtones Festival (7th Annual)
September 21st from 12-11 PM
#1 Riverfront Drive (near marina at amphitheater) 
Alton, IL 62002

Our goal is to bring the community down to Riverfront Park's Amphitheater from 12-11 PM where we will have live folk, reggae, blues jam, and rock music, hands-on informational booths on river nature, as well as nature arts and crafts, local food, a river clean-up, and organized bike rides along the levee and National Scenic Byway Great River Road. 

Contact: Christine Favilla (Sierra Club) at 
Sara McGibany (Alton Main St.) 

Illinois River Sweep (location one)
September 21st from 9 AM to Noon
Allen Park at the Illinois River
Ottawa, IL 61350

Public is invited to attend. General clean up of Illinois River area. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Drive in, walk in, bike in, boat in! All welcome! 

Contact: Katie Troccoli at 815-228-2058

Illinois River Sweep (location two)
September 21st from 9 AM to Noon
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Meet at Forest Park Nature Center for this annual Illinois River clean up day, which has grown since its inception in 1999 to attract hundreds of volunteers all along the shores of the river from Chicago to Grafton. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. 

Contact: JD Russell at 309-686-3360

31st Annual Kankakee Iroquois River Cleanup 
September 21st from 8 AM to 1 PM
Various registration sites along Kankakee River

Annual clean up from IL/IN State line near Momence IL to Wilmington IL on Kankakee River. Sturdy bags supplied. Refreshments provided. 

Contact: Barbara Thomas at 815-953-8822 or 815-939-2675

Vermilion River Cleanup
September 21st from 9 AM to 3 PM
Humiston Woods Nature Center
1150E 2100 North Rd.
Pontiac, IL 61764

The Vermilion River Cleanup is sponsored by the Livingston County Environmental Association. 

Volunteers will meet at the Humiston Woods Nature Center at 9 AM on Saturday, Sept. 21st. We will be cleaning the Vermilion River between Pontiac, IL and the Humiston Woods Nature Center. 

Contact: Dan Faust at 815-243-5747 

Sangamon River Cleanup
September 21st from 8:30 to 3 PM
Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
I-74 and IL-47
Mahomet, IL 61853

Sangamon River cleanup between Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve and Sangamon River Forest Preserve. Canoes provided and all supplies. Cookout will be afterward and bring a side dish or desert. 

Contact: Scott Hays at 217-778-2645 or 

It's Our River Day, Algonquin
September 21 from 1-4 PM
Cornish Park, intersection of Route 62 and S. Harrison
Algonquin, IL 60102

Clean up event on the ground and in the river. Educational booths set up by various environmental and outdoor groups. Opening talk by representative from the Jelkes Creek/Fox River Watershed Coalition. 

Contact: Cynthia Kanner at 847-458-2728 or