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It's Our River Day 2014 

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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.

Past 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 (8th Annual)
September 20th from 12-11 PM
#1 Riverfront Drive (near marina at amphitheater) Closest intersection is at Henry St. 
Alton, IL 62002

Our goal is to bring the community down to the Liberty Bank 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 vendors and more!  

Contact: Christine Favilla (Sierra Club) at 618-462-6802
Sara McGibany (Alton Main St.) 618-463-1016

Partners include Alton Main Street, City of Alton, and the Sierra Club. 

Great Mississippi River Clean Up 
September 20th from 9 AM to Noon
Alton Marina Public Boat Dock # 1
Alton, IL 62002

#1 Henry St; closest intersection is with Henry Street. 

Volunteers will be ferried by boats to local islands and shorelines. They will pick up litter and debris. Lunch will be provided afterwards. Closed-toe shoes required. 16 years and under need a guardian with them. 

Free! Please register by 9/17/14 to 618-462-6802 or 

Sponsors include: IEPA, Illinois American Water, and the Army Corps of Engineers. 

Fever River Adventure Triathlon 
September 20th at noon
Galena Boat Launch
Galena, IL 61036

A fun, adventurous triathlon for local area that includes 6 miles of paddling, 17 miles of biking, and 3.1 miles (5K) of running. All proceeds benefit the Illinois Special Olympics.

Fee: $55 for individuals, $105 for groups. Visit for more information. 
Contact Debra Malone, 815-776-9425

Sponsors include: Keen Footwear, Current Designs, Benton State Bank, Galena Chrysler, Hammer Gel, Irish Hollow Fitness, Tifosi Optical, and SweatVac

It's Our River Day, Algonquin
September 20 from 1-4 PM
Cornish Park, intersection of Route 62 and S. Harrison
Algonquin, IL 60102

"Explore the Outdoors," is the theme for our 7th annual "It's Our River Day" event. We will clean the Fox River by foot, boat, and jeep! Meet representatives from conservation groups and green businesses. Groups welcome!  

Contact: Cynthia Kanner at 847-809-8582 or 

Illinois River Sweep
September 20 9-noon
Allen Park at IL River (West End)
Ottawa IL 61350

Come out and enjoy the outdoors while meting others to clean up the waterfront. Boaters welcome. Come one and all! 

Contact: Katie Troccoli at 815-228-2058

First Come-First Serve: Breakfast rolls and bottled water. Garbage bags, gloves, and t-shirts while supplies last.