15th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up; September 16th, 2023
The 15th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up will take place in Owatonna September 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Morehouse Park. The event is hosted by the Clean River Partners who also helps find sponsors. Volunteers can sign up by filling out the Clean River Partners Volunteer Form. More information is available on the Clean River Partners website.
For more than a decade, volunteers have combed the banks of streams and waterways in and around Owatonna to clean up trash and debris from the Straight River. Every year, more garbage is removed by hard-working individuals and businesses who are dedicated to making a difference. This is the largest one-day clean-up event in Minnesota with 200-plus volunteers working in nine locations across the Cannon River Watershed.
One of the great natural resources that the City of Owatonna can be proud of is the Straight River. As the chief tributary of the Cannon River, the Straight River is an important and scenic river in its own right. It originates in southern Steele County at Oak Glen Lake near Bixby and flows northward through Steele County into southern Rice County, passing through the cities of Owatonna and Medford, to its mouth at the Cannon River in Faribault.
The City of Owatonna is very fortunate to have the support of the Clean River Partners (CRP) in making great strides at improving the Straight River and Maple Creek. With the help of CRP and 300 volunteers, over 9 tons of trash and debris has been removed from the watershed. The event takes place each year on the third Saturday in September.