Scavenger hunt without a list

One stuffed lamb. One locket. Five mismatched flip-flops. One small grill. One tire. Dozens of bottles. Countless cigarette butts. Sometimes river cleanups feel like a scavenger hunt without a list. Last week we hosted a river cleanup in honor of National AmeriCorps Week at the Auburn State Recreation Area in California. Eight AmeriCorps members from… Read more »

2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!

Lisa Cochran, Cinncinnati OH, Ohio River Sweep | Jerry Schulte Let’s give a big round of applause from our computer screens to Lisa Cochran, everyone who pitched in to help plan, and all of those who volunteered at the 2014 Ohio River Sweep for winning the 2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest!  The Ohio River… Read more »

Vote for the Best 2014 National River Cleanup Photo!

Here’s the 2013 Photo Contest Winning Photo! Who will win in 2014? | Susan Simonson, Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup, MD National River Cleanup is excited to announce our Top Ten Photo Contest Finalists for 2014!  Over the past year you and your fellow volunteers removed a record 4.3 million trash and debris from our nation’s… Read more »

Coming Back and Cleaning Up

Volunteers with Cox Conserves had a fun day cleaning up the St. Johns River! | JRB Studios, LLC As cleanup planning is picking up in the New Year there are many groups across the country looking forward to turning their inaugural river cleanup into a reccurring event. The second year river cleanup is arguably the… Read more »

2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Ballot!

National River Cleanup has had a ton of fun looking through all of the submitted photos from the past year and we’re excited to release our top ten finalists! Volunteers at cleanups registered with National River Cleanup removed 4.3 million pounds of trash and debris from our nation’s waterways in 2014! Our top ten finalists… Read more »

Happy New Year from a Creek in Central Pennsylvania

Bermudian Creek, PA | Liz Deardorff My vision of breaking a snowy cross-country trail through a West Virginia wilderness was dismissed by unseasonably balmy weather, so Christmas morning my husband and I sought the wonder of the holiday through the eyes of our three year old granddaughter — just the inspiration we needed to lift… Read more »

Cleaning Up Revives the Pike

Today’s post is a guest blog written by Dan Meyer, organizer of the Pike River Revival Cleanup. Dan Meyer pulls an old bike frame from the waters of the Pike River As an avid paddler and nature lover, I had grown up walking along the banks of the Pike. Located almost half way between the… Read more »

Winter Is Coming

Winter is just around the corner here in Washington D.C. Temperatures are dropping, we had our first snow, and every day my fellow bike commuters are bundling up even more.   On these cold mornings I like to think back to warmer months out on the water.  This summer I traveled to the Elkhorn Slough in… Read more »

Who Knew Trash Could Be So Much Fun?

Volunteers posed for a group shot along the Wekiva River before heading out to cleanup! | Ellen Westpfahl River cleanups are hard work.  Volunteers walk long distances picking up and carrying all sorts of trash. They hack through brush and thorny bushes to get trapped bottles and wrappers.  They make their way across river banks… Read more »

Cleaning up Rivers with Keurig Green Mountain

Volunteers cleaned up 500 tires from the Merrimack River! | Clean River Project We arrived early to the volunteer check-in site on the morning of our cleanup. With plenty of time to set-up before volunteers were expected to arrive I took a seat on a bench overlooking the Charles River. As I sipped my coffee… Read more »