Celebrate Earth Day with American Rivers!


Everyone has fun at a cleanup! | Dept. of Natural Resources

Everyone has fun at a cleanup! | © Dept. of Natural Resources

On this day in 1970, over 20 million people gathered across America to celebrate the first Earth Day. Founded by U.S. Wisconsin Senator Nelson Gaylord, Earth Day marked the beginning of the environmental movement. It also spearheaded the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the passing of the Clean Air Act in 1970, the Clean Water Act in 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Today Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world! More than 1 billion people gather across the globe to volunteer, celebrate and protect our amazing planet and its precious resources. American Rivers acknowledges that rivers and the ecosystems that depend on them connect every living thing on the planet. We also know that protecting and restoring them isn’t something we can do alone.  We need your help!

So celebrate Earth Day with American Rivers by registering or volunteering for a river cleanup near you. National River Cleanup®is just one way you can help protect the planet by ensuring clean water, healthy wild rivers and thriving communities for future generations.

Every little bit helps. Have a happy Earth Day!