8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Volunteers work together to cleanup the Winooski River, VT | Lynsey Knowles Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s (GMCR) 8th Annual Winooski River Cleanup as part of National River Cleanup®.  The five day river cleanup was attended by 240 employees in Waterbury, Vermont as part of Community Action… Read more »

Share Your National River Cleanup Story

2007 Roquemore family photo before heading out on the water for the day at the French Broad River | © Peter Roquemore Hello, American Rivers! My name is Peter Roquemore and I am your new National River Cleanup Manager.  I am thrilled to get to work with all of you out there who are organizing… Read more »

2014 River Cleanup Organizer’s Handbook Release!

Frank Masterman contemplating the issues impacting the Rock River in Illinois | Frank Masterman National River Cleanup® is happy to release the 2014 Organizer’s Handbook. The handbook is a provides you with a step-by-step process for planning and keeping track of your river cleanup which makes it easy if this is your first cleanup and provides… Read more »

2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!

Lisa Cochran, Cincinnati 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 »

Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

The rain didn’t discourage the crowd of 85 volunteers from Cox Media Group Ohio, Manheim Cincinnati, and University of Dayton on the river last week.  For the third year in a row, the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River was a success in removing litter and debris from the river that flows through downtown… Read more »

Pitching in to Keep King County’s Drinking Water Source Clean!

In less than three weeks, through the National River Cleanup™ program, I will have the opportunity to spend a few hours picking up trash that has unfortunately accumulated along the Cedar River in King County.  Many of us in the Seattle area know that we’re lucky to have such a beautiful river just minutes away… Read more »

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

…with more than enough to spare. As part of the National River Cleanup® efforts we ask our organizers to fill out a post-event survey once the river cleanup is over.  We collect this information to better understand what types of trash are polluting our waterways.  Can you take a wild guess what the number one… Read more »

Photo Contest Rules

National River Cleanup ® Photo Contest Official Rules COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES: These are the official rules that govern how American Rivers’ NRC PhotoContest promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Contest” throughout the rest of these rules. In these rules, “we” “our” and “us” refer to American… Read more »

Cleaning Up With Robots

Visitors can learn about how the Trash Interceptor works while watching it cleanup the water! | Brendan Baker Every time I go out on the water I end up with a few pieces of trash in my boat that I scooped up as they floated by. Most paddlers or anglers I know carry a trash bag… Read more »

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 »