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 »

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 »

American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup(TM)

Washington, DC — American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date. Millions of… Read more »

River Cleanup Showdown!

American Rivers has seen nothing like this in the history of National River Cleanup™ and that’s 20 years of cleaning up!). Two large cities, Los Angeles and Chicago, are competing to see how many Facebook fans they can gain prior to the two cities largest cleanup events. Both cleanups, the 22nd annual Great Los Angeles… Read more »

Register for National River Cleanup 2011!

River cleanup season is here! Have you considered organizing a cleanup on your local river? Registration is now open for the 2011 season. Help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup™ by registering today. American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ connects people across the country to their local rivers ands streams though hands-on volunteerism. In… 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 »

Our Other Favorite Photos

All the photos entered into the 2010 National River Cleanup™ Photo Contest were great! You can see the winning photo announced here. However, we still wanted to share with you some of our favorite funny shots that didn’t quite make the finals: Hey, you were only supposed to take the TRASH from the river!  … Read more »

Plastic Is Everywhere!

Plastic is an amazing human invention that has changed every facet of life as we know it. Most of us use it everyday, just for a few minutes, and then throw it away. In certain forms, plastic can be recycled into new products like clothing, furniture, and decking. However, much of it created is not recycled or recyclable…. Read more »

Read Me A River

One of the best things about winter is getting to curl up with a good book. So how about a good river read with your favorite kid…  Here are some recommendations from some of our staff: For starters, there’s “Trout, Trout, Trout (a fish chant)” written by April Pulley Sayre that highlights freshwater fish in the… Read more »