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 »

Be the Change in 2012: Register with National River Cleanup®

The time has come. Embrace your inner community-organizer roots and organize a river cleanup in 2012.  Perhaps river cleanups have always been a part of your life.  Maybe you participated in a river cleanup as a child in girl or boy scouts, with your church group, through your school or volunteered at your local nature… Read more »

Five New Year’s resolutions for rivers

How do you make a great New Year’s resolution?  Make it practical, make it public, and make it matter. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of easy-to-keep river resolutions for 2012. Each one can fit easily into your life, and will benefit both you and the world around you. To make it public,… Read more »

Congratulations 2011 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner!

American Rivers would like to congratulate the National River Cleanup® Ohio River Sweep participants in submitting the best photo of 2011! Jeanne Ison of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, submitted this photo of her adorable granddaughter, Christina Crouch, age 3. Their family both organizes and participates in this cleanup every year and together… Read more »

Taking out the trash with REI

On a cool, crisp morning in late September, I had the privilege of joining 150 REI employees, local organizations, volunteers and citizens of Bedford County on the banks the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in Pennsylvania. This annual river cleanup is made possible thanks our generous sponsors, REI. The cleanup not only doubled in… Read more »

Rivers in November: By The Numbers

November is a busy month, with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, along with continuing river conservation battles and successes. Here’s a quick wrap-up of the month, by the numbers: 1621: Year the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Colony. Can you name the brook that provided the Pilgrims their vital water supply and herring runs? (the brook that… Read more »

Budget Woes – Clean Water At Risk

Okay, well clearly the debt ceiling debate is the capital “B” budget woe at this point. However, as the House continues to debate the budget for environmental programs, clean water is at-risk from stark funding cuts and a series of policy riders including efforts to allow mountaintop removal mining and pollution of small streams and… Read more »

Not Your Typical Cleanup

American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ offers a variety of support to registered river cleanup organizers. Generally, river cleanups involve walking along a shoreline or paddling in boats to remove typical debris like bottles, food containers, and packaging. But in the case of the Friends of the Patapsco Valley State Park cleanup—this trash isn’t typical! Volunteers… Read more »

Treasure Hunt

© Davita Flowers-Shawklin American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ has been asking River Cleanup Organizers to list some of their most interesting items. Every year, I’m amazed at what trash and treasures people find. Each of these items has a story about where it came from and who left it behind—either accidentally (like that 10 dollar… Read more »