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St. Joe's Creek focus of clean-up efforts in Westmont this Saturday

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:32 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:38 a.m. CDT

WESTMONT – Refrigerators, large branches and old bicycles are expected to be among items pulled from St. Joseph’s Creek in Westmont on Saturday as part of local efforts for the countywide 2013 DuPage River Sweep.

More than 50 volunteers are expected to turn out for the Westmont efforts. Volunteers will meet between 8:30 and 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Eagle Creek apartments south of 61st Street.

Last year, volunteers pulled more than 650 pounds of garbage out of the creek, said Steve Nero, a Westmont trustee and the local liaison for the DuPage River Sweep.

“This event has such a huge impact, and it only takes a few hours. It’s one of the more impactful things I am a part of,” Nero said. “The day after we do it, you can see how clean the creek is, and how the flow of the creek is back.”

The countywide River Sweep event is organized by The Conservation Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeast Illinois.

Since the event was launched in 1991, more than 8800 volunteers have removed nearly 220 tons of garbage from DuPage County waterways, according to a news release.

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