Clean up a River for National Rivers Month

Washington, DC — June is National Rivers Month and, to commemorate it, American Rivers is encouraging Americans to celebrate their local rivers by participating in or organizing a river cleanup. Hundreds of river cleanups across the country are scheduled during June and throughout the year. Volunteers can find a nearby river cleanup or information and… Read more »

National River Cleanup in Review

As the only volunteer based program within American Rivers, National River Cleanup™ is making change happen one cleanup at a time. With more than 3,660,000 miles of rivers in America, almost everyone lives within a mile of a river or a stream. Unfortunately, each year, millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers. American… Read more »

Then and Now: National River Cleanup History

It was in 1991 that a group of ambitious America Outdoors employees began planning the first National River Cleanup Week. Their goal? “Remove tons of trash and debris from over 3,000 miles of waterways, encourage public involvement in the stewardship of river resources, and foster better working relationships between river interest groups.” In the twenty… Read more »

June is National Rivers Month!

Sangamon River Cleanup, IL | Bruce Colravy June 1st marks the beginning of summer! And with summer comes longer days, shorter nights, family vacations, barbeques and our personal favorite-National Rivers Month! Did you know that more than 250,000 rivers and streams run throughout America? Together, these waterways flow for nearly 3.6 million miles, providing drinking… Read more »

National River Cleanup Photo Contest 2013: Vote Today!

2012 National River Cleanup photo contest winner Alan Hale I am happy to announce the top-ten finalists for the 2013 National River Cleanup photo contest. All year long we have been collecting your river cleanup photos and now we’ve picked our top ten; the rest is up to you! Click here to vote for your… 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 »

Love Your River? Clean It Up!

Join American Rivers on September 19th to clean Marsh Creek in Contra Costa County, CA, or find a cleanup near you!

American Rivers Launches National River Cleanup 2010

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced the kickoff of its 2010 National River Cleanup season and the strengthening of the program through the hiring of a full-time National River Cleanup Campaign Manager. Last year, American Rivers sponsored the most successful National River Cleanup yet with hundreds of thousands… Read more »

National River Cleanup turns twenty — and is still growing!

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ has supported and encouraged river cleanups across the nation for 20 years. We offer volunteer engagement through our interactive map, free trash bags, snacks and t-shirts from Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, online social media networking, and technical support to all of our cleanup organizers. As a result of our support,… Read more »