Volunteers needed for April 25 Invasive Species Removal Event at Black Hawk College and Green Valley Nature Preserve

River Action and Black Hawk College are hosting an Invasive Species Removal Event with the help of Augustana’s Upper Mississippi Center and Living Lands and Waters (LL&W) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Green Valley Nature Preserve and the Black Hawk College Campus.

The invasive species removal is a part of River Action’s Urban Watershed Restoration Project, a $220,000 effort that will include native plantings, a stream re-route, wetland creation, controlled burns and trail improvements.

Volunteers will cut invasive shrubs using loppers and handsaws. After cutting the shrubs down, volunteers will flag the location and remove the debris from the site.

Clothing requirements: All volunteers must wear long pants and closed toed shoes.

Equipment: Bring gloves, loppers and hand saws (equipment will be provided for those who need it).

How do I sign up? Fill out a volunteer form HERE or click on the "Volunteer" tab above.

Directions: Volunteers can assist at either Green Valley Nature Preserve or Black Hawk College Campus.

Black Hawk – Park in Lot #1 from 70th Street or 34th Avene in the section designated for volunteers. Follow signs to check-in.

Green Valley – Enter from John Deere Road at 60th Street and park in the lot across from the ball diamonds and sign-in at the check-in table. Rubber boots recommended for this removal site.


31st Annual Ride The River coming June 21

'Ride Into Summer' on the Mississippi riverfront trails this Father's Day

River Action's 31st Annual Ride The River! will be Sunday, June 21.

CLICK HERE to register today for Ride the River 2015.

Enjoy a bi-state tour of the Quad Cities along riverfront bike trails and cruise on the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle riverboat from Iowa to Illinois. Or, ride across the historic Arsenal Bridge.

Come join the fun with the whole family for this Father’s Day tradition!


McKesson Lofts Green Roof Workshop Series to be offered April through October

River Action is partnering with the McKesson Lofts in Downtown Rock Island to maintain the building’s regionally unique green roof and to offer an on-going workshop series.

Beginning April 4 and continuing each month, the workshops will cover topics related to green infrastructure, urban conservation practices, urban horticulture, ecology and environment and urban sustainability.

The series will offer a unique opportunity to gain access to one of the few extensive green roof systems in the Quad Cities, and participants will get their hands dirty and experience green roof horticulture first hand.

The April 4 workshop has been cancelled! It has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 11.

Click here to download an overview of the green roof workshops with dates, times and location.


Get your tickets online for 13th Annual Fish and Fire friendraiser coming April 24

Fish & Fire – River Action's annual friendraiser and fundraiser, and celebration of Earth Day – will be held Friday, April 24 at Black Hawk State Historic Site, Watchtower Lodge, 1510 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL.

A list of silent auction items will be announced later.

Adult tickets are $40 each. Tickets for River Action members are $32 each. Tickets for children ages 8 to 16 are $12. A table for 8 is $300.

The Fish & Fire schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m. - Social hour, live music by Brent Haydon & Greg Aguilar, silent auction and cash bar.
  • 7 p.m. - Dinner
  • After dinner - 16th Annual Eddy Awards

CLICK HERE to make your 2015 Fish and Fire reservations online.

Click on the map above for a larger image with written directions.


2015 Senior Citizens Golf Cart Tour registration now available online

Come join the fun on Thursday, September 3 by signing up for the 16th Annual Senior Citizens Riverfront Golf Cart Tours. Reservations are required and space is limited. The deadline for reservations is September 1!

The tours are Thursday, Sept. 3, and will use existing riverfront trails, and offer participants an opportunity to see and hear all that the riverfront has to offer from the front seat of a golf cart. This is a great opportunity to gain some knowledge on the past, present and future of many of our riverfront amenities in the Quad Cities. Tours fill up fast and carts are limited, so don't delay.

There are now six tours from which to choose. All tours are $12.50 per person and last approximately two hours. Tour times (except for Iowa Tour #1) are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The only time for Iowa Tour #1 is 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER online for the 2015 golf cart tour.

CLICK HERE to VOLUNTEER for the riverfront golf cart tour.


RiverWay Stories now airing on WVIK 90.3 FM

River Action and WVIK 90.3 FM Augustana Public Radio are partnering to offer an informative and educational program – "RiverWay Stories" – which airs each Saturday morning at 8:34 a.m. during the station's “Weekend Edition."

CLICK HERE to visit the WVIK web site and listen to the most recent RiverWay Stories.


Student Summit coming in October

River Action is proud to announce we will once again hold a special Student Summit as part of the 2015 Upper Mississippi River Conference.

The summit is open to all high school and college students and will focus on environmental issues and topics relevant to many areas of study.

The event will take place Wednesday, October 14 in the afternoon and evening. The summit is free to all students and includes a catfish fry. More details to follow.


RiverWay Design Principles

In 1996, the Quad Cities came together to adopt the Mississippi River Design Principles. These principles outlined a unified vision for the river in the QC area, focusing on four main points: Respect for the River, River Access, River Corridor Design, and River Interpretation.

The goal of the planning and its resulting document was to ensure and protect the sensitive balance between the region's economic engine and its biggest ecological resource.

The document prefaces much of the work that has been done by River Action and other partners to improve the riverfront and its RiverWay trail and park system throughout the Quad Cities.

To view the entire 88-page document, CLICK HERE


Contribute your ideas to River Action Development Opportunities Map

River Action has partnered with the Lakota Group and MindMixer to start a Quad Cities Development Opportunities Map.

The online map allows you to contribute ideas for development sites around the Quad Cities area.

Place your ideas at specific locations, and we'll make them available to local and regional planners and development organizations.

This is an opportunity to make your voice heard!

If you have ideas, we would love to hear them.

CLICK HERE to view the map.


Upcoming 2015 River Action events

River Action has a full slate of Mississippi River fun planned for 2015. Mark these dates on your calender and keep up to date with us on our Google+ or Facebook pages.

  • Henry Farnam Dinner, March 27
  • Fish & Fire Friendraiser, April 24
  • Ride the River Father’s Day Bike Ride, June 21
  • Floatzilla Canoe & Kayak Floatilla, August 15
  • Sr. Golf Cart Tour of RiverWay Trails, September 3
  • Taming of the Slough Adventure Race, September 19
  • Upper Mississippi River Conference, October 14-16
  • Tweed Bike Ride, October 17

Interested in volunteering for this event? Let us know!

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