On September 9, 2017, Protect Wisconsin Waterways, the Rock River Stormwater Group, and local communities partnered with the Rock River Clean Sweep to make an environmental impact in the cities of Janesville, Beloit, and Waupun.

Trash is a form of water pollution, and is often dumped into waterways through stormwater runoff. Not only does trash harm the natural ecosystems of rivers, lakes, and streams, but it also makes the water unsightly and shows signs of human neglect.

Donning gloves, participants from UW-Whitewater banded together to bring back a pleasing aesthetic to the Rock River. They searched along the banks of the Rock River for trash that found its way into the river. Some notable items that were found during the Clean Sweep included a bicycle, a tractor tire, and a Parks and Recreation sign.

Interested in participating in the Rock River Stormwater Group’s next Clean Sweep Event? Send us a message at protectwiwaterways@gmail.com so we can keep you informed.

Check out pictures from the event below!