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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Announcing the 2010 National River Cleanup Photo Contest Winner

American Rivers would like to congratulate the Earth Club from Calallen High School who hosted a National River Cleanup™ on the Nueces River near Corpus Christi, Texas in early April this year.  Their group photo won the photo contest with 473 votes! Linda Mix was the Cleanup Organizer and photographer. Her group successfully removed about 600… Read more »

Gettin’ Dirty with REI

REI is not only a generous sponsor of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup™ but on September 18th they rolled up their sleeves and got dirty during their own river cleanup along the Juniata in Bedford, Pennsylvania.  It was a crisp cool morning that turned into a warm and pleasant afternoon, perfect for a cleanup. I had… Read more »

Water Bottles Pollute River Clean-up

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to join our National River Clean-up Coordinator Ginny Crake on a clean-up event with Catholic University’s incoming first year law students at Rock Creek Park. This was a special occasion for me for a number of reasons; first because I live in the backyard of Rock Creek, second, because I lived… Read more »

Fall River Cleanups are Coolest

River cleanups are often associated with spring and summer activities.  But I’m here to tell you, fall cleanup are the coolest—literally.  With cooler temperatures volunteers are more willing to stay out longer and go further.  But besides just the weather, there are plenty of reasons to host a cleanup in October and November.  Groups are back… 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 »