National River Cleanup® joins forces on the Potomac River


Volunteers removing a rotten picnic table from the Potomac River as part of a National River Cleanup eventNational River Cleanup® joined the Potomac Conservancy last Saturday for a sunny and productive morning out on our nation’s River. 

The river cleanup site in Cabin John, Maryland along the C&O Canal was one of hundreds of cleanup sites that worked out on the Potomac River as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed cleanup. 

It was a perfect morning to collect trash and debris from the river banks with new and old friends.  Our cleanup crew spotted cranes, turtles, frogs and birds along the two mile stretch of the river.

At our site, 40 volunteers collected roughly 20 bags of trash (and 9 tires) which resulted in 541 pounds of cumulative trash. 

Aside from the standard plastic bags and cigarette butts, we were saddened to stumble upon minefield of broken glass which we cleaned with many helping hands (with gloves, of course).  Believe it or not, one cleanup crew removed an entire rotting picnic table lodged in a tree along the river!  It was an eventful morning, to say the least.

Throughout the entirety of the watershed cleanup efforts on April 14th, a total of 3,205 volunteers participated along the Potomac River and collected 65.5 tons of trash (and 648 tires).  This is the equivalent of six school buses full of trash – wow.  A big round of applause for a job well done at all 344 cleanup sites!

This day was an extra special one for National River Cleanup® and the Potomac Conservancy.  American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that a land and clean water protection effort in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley will receive a $150,000 grant, as part of a comprehensive initiative to protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands region.

The grant will help the Potomac Conservancy implement the Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project. The project is an effort to protect important riverside, agricultural, and forested lands in Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley with permanent conservation easements.

Would you like to participate in an upcoming river cleanup with National River Cleanup?  Visit our website for more information and check out our map for a cleanup in your backyard.

Check out the pictures from our cleanup: