Cleaning up efforts underway to improve water quality

They were pulling up large debris from out the river to dispose of it properly
A small group of volunteers braced the chill temps to clean up parts of the Dry Run creek...
A small group of volunteers braced the chill temps to clean up parts of the Dry Run creek Saturday in Bradley Park.(WEEK)
Published: Nov. 12, 2022 at 5:10 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - If you are visiting Laura Bradley Park, you may notice more parts of the creek will appear cleaner thanks to a handful of volunteers.

Saturday morning, several volunteers took to the park to clean up roughly a mile and a half of the Dry Run Creek which flows into Kickapoo Creek.

The Friends of Rocky Glen’s goal is to clean up around 800lbs of garbage before it gets covered with snow this winter.

This was part of an effort to improve the water quality of the Kickapoo watershed to minimize soil erosion and clean the water as it makes it’s way down stream.

“Our group believes that we all have something to do that involves making the Kickapoo Creek a little bit cleaner and picking up trash, reducing pollution. that’s all part of it,” says David Pittman, the President of Friends of Rocky Glen.

The Kickapoo Creek watershed covers about 80% of the Peoria County area, or roughly 500 square miles. It includes most of Peoria, West Peoria, Peoria Heights, Dunlap, Brimfield, Elmwood and Bartonville.