Share Your National River Cleanup Story


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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 and participating in river cleanups.

Ever since I was young rivers have been an important part of my life. From family canoe trips down the French Broad River in North Carolina, to visiting the Feast of the Hunters Moon Festival along the mighty Wabash River in Indiana, or out to where I paddled white water for the first time on the Lehigh in Pennsylvania. It’s good to be around people who care about rivers in the same way I do.

As the new National River Cleanup Manager I want to focus the program on what matters most, you. The watersheds we live in are made up of tributaries that converge to create awe inspiring rivers. In the same way the National River Cleanup program is made up of individual cleanups whose results and stories converge to reveal an awe inspiring network of passionate individuals.

Each year folks like you join tens of thousands of others in cleaning up our hometown rivers and streams. Over the years you have cleaned up millions of pounds of trash, across thousands of miles of waterways, and connected hundreds of thousands of volunteers to rivers. While there is still plenty of work to do, 2013 has been another successful year for rivers thanks to all of your hard work.

Looking ahead to 2014 I want to focus my support on ways that will help you the most. In order to do this I need to hear from you! Whether you organized your community river cleanup or you volunteered on a Saturday morning for a few hours your input is valuable. Take a minute and fill out the National River Cleanup Feedback survey where you can share about your experience.

If you’ve got an exciting river cleanup story share it with us on the American Rivers Facebook page!