waterways

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Congress is working on a new, Water Resources Development Act, and deciding which projects to pay for. That includes fixing locks and dams. A group that represents navigators, shippers, farmers, and others is pleased with the proposed funding and policies in the act, which has passed the House.

Thousands of volunteers dedicate one day each year to cleaning up waterways in the Quad Cities. Tomorrow, 13-hundred volunteers will pick up trash at several locations, for the 12th annual Xstream Cleanup. Event organizer, Brandy Welvaert, says volunteers have cleaned up 950,000 pounds of trash over the past 12 years. 

This year, volunteers will work at 35 locations, including the Nahant Marsh, Living Lands and Waters Tree Nursery, and Lincoln Park in Rock Island. Welvaert says people can choose either heavy or light-duty clean-up. 

And in recent years, more volunteers have been needed to remove invasive species. 

Welvaert says about 100 volunteers are still needed for the Xstream Cleanup tomorrow, from 8:30 to 11:30 am. No experience is necessary, and supplies will be provided.