Working Together to Clean Our Waterways

National River Cleanup® was launched in 1991, offering support to individuals, organizations and anyone interested in conducting a cleanup on their local river. By registering a cleanup with American Rivers, organizers receive free trash bags, assistance with online and print media coverage, volunteer promotion online and technical support.

Since its start, more than 1,241,610 volunteers have participated in thousands of cleanups across the country covering more than 252,694 miles of waterways. These cleanups have removed more than 20.7 million pounds of litter and debris from America’s rivers and streams.

2013 was the most successful year in the history of National River Cleanup®, thanks to our organizers, volunteers and sponsors!

National River Cleanup 2013 Statistics:

  • 515 registered cleanups
  • 104,110 volunteers nationwide
  • 4.2 million pounds of trash removed from America’s waterways

Enter the 2014 National River Cleanup Photo Contest

2013 National River Cleanup® Photo Contest Winner: Susan Simonson, Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup, MD

We always want to see you, your group, the trash you collected, a “before and after” cleanup shot, or any other photos that best represent your National River Cleanup® success out on the river!

Photo submissions must include your name, address, telephone and e-mail contact information, cleanup date and location. Photos submitted may be used by American Rivers to represent National River Cleanup for both online and offline communications. Submission of photos agrees to the full Terms and Conditions.

Photo entries must be submitted by December 31, 2014. Voting for finalists will begin in January.

Upload your 2014 cleanup pictures by clicking the button below. We will feature the top ten on the American Rivers’ Flickr photostream.


Take Action with National River Cleanup in 2014:


Register a Cleanup, Report Results, and Promote.


Learn more and Find a Cleanup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions. For more information email NRC or call 202-347-7550.