GIVE 365 River Clean-Ups

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​202​​4 River clean-up season scheduling is open!

Email [email protected] with any questions or to set up an event after reading through the info on this page.



Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped clean up the Huron River in 2023!

2023 Totals:​​​

  • 1611.4 pounds of litter removed
  • 295 volunteers
  • 573.75 volunteer hours
  • 25 events

Overview

​Each summer (June through September) we take groups of volunteers onto the Huron River to help clean up trash that accumulates in and along the river. The boat rentals for these trips are covered by the MiCorps Volunteer Stream Cleanup Program (VSCP) grant so volunteers do not have to pay. (Funding for the Volunteer Stream Cleanup Program is provided by Water Quality license plate fees.​)

Groups​ can boat from Argo livery to Gallup livery (Argo-to-Gallup River Trip), which takes about 3 hours, or can spend 1 to 2 hours in the area of river surrounding Gallup livery. (Gallup River Clean-up) Volunteers pair up in canoes with trash pickers in hand to retrieve litter. All supplies are provided. It is as fun as it sounds! These clean ups can accommodate groups of 8 to 20 people, but we will also have three events for individual volunteers and small groups. (4 or less) We will have availability for river clean-up events in June, July, August, and September, with extremely limited availability in October, pending weather. All river events and livery operations are dependent on river and weather conditions and are NOT guaranteed.

The City of Ann Arbor Canoe Livery is the largest livery in the state with over 100,000 people annually paddling boats from city liveries. This section of the Huron River has also become popular with people tubing the river, especially the Argo Cascades. With the increase in river recreation and being located in a busy urban environment, there is a constant need for on-going cleanup efforts. Thank you for wanting to volunteer!​

Email [email protected] or call 734-794-6445 ​to book your group's river clean-up event today! Group leaders check out our Coordinator Guide​.

Clean-Up Event Types

​​There are two types of river clean-up events: the longer and more intensive Argo-to-Gallup River Trip and the shorter but still very fun Gallup River Clean-Up. Both take place on the Huron River, and both accom​modate groups of 8 to 20 people. During the busy summer months river clean up volunteer events are scheduled Monday through Friday and not available on the weekends.  After Labor Day river events are Wednesday through Friday only.

Argo to Gallup River Trip

  • Typically takes about 3.5 hours in total
    • This can vary considerably due to river conditions, weather, how actively participants paddle, how much trash is present, shuttle wait time ​
  • 4 mile trip down the Huron River through Ann Arbor, from Argo Livery to Gallup Livery
  • Ends at Gallup, where a shuttle takes you back to Argo where the event started (shuttles depart every 20 minutes or so)
  • Each boat (2 people per) must have at least 1 person with prior paddling experience!
  • Volunteers WILL get wet and there is always a risk of a boat flipping over - if this sounds too intense, scroll down to the much less intense Gallup River Clean​​
  • Volunteer groups (8-20 people) only
  • Meet and start at Argo Livery (unless your event is after Labor Day- double check your meeting point) in Argo Park​
    • ​Parking may be hard to find during the summer, view this parking guide for parking locations and plan to arrive early and to carpool if possible
  • The clean up occurs mostly along the shoreline as you paddle/float downriver to Gallup Livery


Gallup River Clean-up

  • ​Shorter event, 1 to 2 hours
  • Open to volunteer groups (8 to 20 people) + we plan 3 events for individuals/smaller groups​​ (see below)
  • Takes place in section of river with low current known as Gallup Pond
  • Ideal for first-time paddlers
  • There is always a risk of flipping a boat over, but it is a much less likely here than on the Argo-to-Gallup River Trip
  • Starts and ends at Gallup Livery in Gallup Park​



Schedu​​​ling - 2024 scheduling is open! - Events are **WEEKDAYS ONLY**​​

Scheduling opens on March 1st for 2024 river clean events! Spots are limited and events are first-come first-serve when the schedule opens. All events are WEEKDAYS ONLY.​ ​Email [email protected] to schedule after looking at our coordinator guide​.

Group Events: (​8-20 people)

Ju​​​ne 

  • River Trip (June 3 - June 7)
  • River Trip (June 10 - June 14)
  • River Trip (June 17 - June 20)
  • River Trip (June 24 - June 28)
  • Argo or Gallup* River Clean (June 3 - June 7)
  • Argo or Gallup* River Clean (June 10 - June 14)
  • Gallup* River Clean (June 17 - June 20)
  • Argo or Gallup* River Clean (June 24 - June 28)

Ju​ly 

  • No Clean-Up Events Week of July 4th
  • ​River Trip (July 8 - July 12)
  • River Trip (July 15 - July 19)
  • River Trip (July 22 - July 26)
  • River Trip (July 29 - Aug 2)
  • Gallup River Clean (July 8 - July 12)
  • Gallup River Clean (July 22 - July 26)​
  • Gallup River Clean (July 29 - Aug 2)

Augu​​​st 

  • River Trip (July 29 - Aug 2)
  • River Trip (Aug 5 - Aug 9)​
  • River Trip (Aug 12 - Aug 16)
  • River Trip (Aug 19 - Aug 23)
  • River Trip (Aug 26 - Aug 29)
  • Gallup River Clean (July 29 - Aug 2)​
  • Argo River Clean (Aug 5 - Aug 9)​​
  • Gallup River Clean (Aug 12 - Aug 16)
  • Gallup River Clean (Aug 19 - Aug 23)

September 

  • River Trip (Sept 4 - Sept 6)
  • River Trip (Sept 11 - Sept 13)​
  • River Trip (Sept 18 or Sept 20)
  • River Trip (Sept 25 - Sept 27)
  • Gallup River Clean (Sept 4 - Sept 6)​
  • Gallup River Clean (Sept 11 - Sept 13)​​
  • Gallup River Clean (Sept 25 - Sept 27​)​

Gallup River Clean events with a * may need to be reduced capacity. (Less than 10 people) Bridge construction in Gallup may affect events.​


"Love the River Day" Events for Individuals & Smaller Groups

Our Love the River Day events are river cleaning volunteer workdays at Gallup Park in the area of river around the Gallup Livery. (Note: The first event, June 21 will be held at Argo Livery, NOT Gallup.) These events are open to individual volunteers and small groups, instead of just one larger group like the events listed above. You may end up in a boat ​​with someone you meet at the event. These events may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling due to weather. No prior paddling experience is required.

2024 Date​​s:

Love The River Day at ARGO LIVERY: Friday, June 21st —​ 1p.m. - 2:30p.m.

Love The River Day: Wednesday, July 17th ​ 4p.m. - 5:30p.m.

Love The River Day: Monday, August 5th ​ 2p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Love The River Day: Friday, August 30th ​ 11a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Love The River Day: Thursday, September 19th ​ 3p.m. - 4:30p.m.

Impor​​​​tant Information

S​​afety

​​Volunteers who participate in River Trip events must be able to paddle a boat, and each 2-person boat must have at least one person who has prior experience on the water. There is an inherent risk to being on the water, boats may tip over and injuries may happen. Volunteer groups that have little-to-no paddling experience but still want to participate should pick a Gallup River Clean-up instead of an Argo-to-Gallup River Trip. Life jackets must be worn.​ Volunteers should bring water, wear sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Water shoes and dry bags (sold at the liveries) are recommended. Volunteers are not required to collect any trash that cannot be safely reached.

Weather​ and Water Conditions

  • Forecasts of thunderstorms, heavy rain or other severe weather warnings will result in cancellation/rescheduling
  • High river flow can make a river clean up unsafe, river trips will not take place if the flow is too low or too high
    • Alternate options may be available in this circumstance (ie, kayaks only for low water conditions or Gallup area clean up only). GIVE 365 will monitor conditions.

What to​ Bring

We will provide the boats, life jackets, and the tools for collecting trash. Volunteers should bring water, wear sunscreen, wear weather-appropriate clothing that is okay to get wet. Water shoes are highly recommended, as are dry bags if volunteers plan on bringing a phone along. Both are sold at the liveries. Volunteers will need to bring a signed city volunteer waiver and a livery waiver. 

Boat & Pad​dling information

Canoes are recommended as two volunteers can sit comfortably and collect the most litter, especially larger items. Depending on weight limits, a third volunteer may be able to sit in the middle of the boat if needed. Kayaks are available if the river is too low or depending on your group's preference and there are experienced paddlers volunteering. 
  • For Argo-to-Gallup river trips, canoes do not go through the Argo cascades. Volunteers enter the canoes at the base of the cascades
  • A max of 10 canoes are allotted for each river event, additional boats will have to be paid for


Check out this video from the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor as they join us on a river clean, demonstrating waste that is commonly found in the river.​