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

2014 Photo Contest Winner

Susan Simonson, Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup, MD

Susan Simonson, Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup, MD

Take Action with National River Cleanup in 2014:


Register a Cleanup, Report Results, Promote, and enter the 2014 photo contest (coming soon!)


Learn more, Find a Cleanup, and enter the 2014 photo contest.

Frequently Asked Questions

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