COVID-19 UPDATE: American Rivers is monitoring the progress of COVID-19 and following the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the public health departments of each state in which we are working. We encourage cleanup organizers to continue to stay informed of the situation, review and follow the CDC and your public health department’s guidelines where you live to ensure your health and safety.

If you have cancelled or re-scheduled the date of your cleanup due to the coronavirus or other factors, please contact us as soon as possible so we can update the information about your event(s) on the NRC volunteer page of our website.

At this time, trash bag orders are continuing to be fulfilled for cleanups as we receive them. Our distribution center is up and running and has taken necessary safety precautions. Together we are working to ensure cleanup organizers do not experience service interruptions.

Come join the fun!

National River Cleanup® is a key initiative for American Rivers. Since its inception in 1991, we have engaged more than 1.3 million volunteers who have participated in thousands of cleanups across the country, covering more than 261,000 miles of waterways and removing more than 32.5 million pounds of litter and debris.

Join the fun! Volunteer at a cleanup near you, or start your own!

Congratulations to the 2021 Photo Contest Winners!

We are so excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Photo Contest! We had some amazing submissions this year and would like to thank all of our volunteers for such an amazing year. Feel free to click to enlarge all photos to fully appreciate them!

Favorite Cleanup Photo of 2021:

Boardman River Clean Sweep | Photo credits: Norman Fred | Photo of Volunteer Harold Lasser

Most Interesting Cleanup Find of 2021:

Missouri River Relief Big Muddy Clean Sweep | Photo by Kevin Tossie | Person in photo: AmeriCorps member, Alyssa Thomas

Favorite Post Cleanup Photo 2021:

Dutch Kills Cleanup with Newtown Creek Alliance | Photo by Mitch Waxman

Join Our Virtual Cleanup Challenge With Litterati

Help us achieve our litter reduction goals using Litterati, a mobile app that allows user to photograph, upload and tag litter in their area.

Participate in our challenge while you walk your dog, spend the day at the park, or while loading the groceries in your car.


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