It is an exciting time of the year for those of us with Keep Boone County Beautiful. Our river cleanup event, the Dragoon River Romp is fast approaching on Sept. 20.
The Dragoon River Romp is a Keep Boone County Beautiful event. The vision of KBCB is a cleaner and more beautiful county. Our mission is to protect and preserve the beauty and quality of life through partnerships between citizens, business, neighborhoods and government and to continue to foster pride in our County’s environment. The Dragoon River Romp, which will be celebrating its ninth anniversary in 2014, embodies this mission.
Over the past eight events the efforts of our volunteers resulted in 25.99 tons of trash being removed from our beautiful Des Moines River and its banks. Much of the trash is recycled and the remainder is deposited at the Boone County Landfill.
An important part of our Dragoon River Romp is the safety measures involved. Volunteers are given safety instructions prior to going out on the river or out on the buses for land-based volunteers. Items to look out for that might be meth lab residue are also discussed. Also, Boone County Search and Rescue travels along with the water-based volunteers to help with their safety.
The excitement of our volunteers keeps us excited. One of our local participants stated, “Apart from enjoying the day on the river, seeing another side of the county, and the camaraderie of the cleanup, I will continue to preach the message.”
Some people are not comfortable going out on the river in a canoe, so land-based opportunities are available to them. Buses transport those volunteers to the many boat ramps around the county so they are still along the river.
Sponsors are needed to provide financing or articles needed to make our volunteers day go as smoothly as possible.
Plans for the Sept. 20 romp will include cleaning a stretch of the river that will begin at the Highway 30 boat ramp to the E57 boat ramp. At the conclusion of the cleanup, all volunteers will be transported back to Seven Oaks for lunch and an awards presentation.
In a continued effort to ensure safety, volunteers younger than 18 must be in a canoe with a volunteer 18 or older, and no one younger than 13 will be allowed in the canoes. We will limit the number of paddlers to 100 and the number of land-based volunteers to 45.
Information provided by Lois Powers, Keep Boone County Beautiful coordinator.