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The National River Cleanup® 2018 Photo Contest Winner | Tom Corey Images
The National River Cleanup® 2018 Photo Contest Winner | Tom Corey Images

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 252,694 miles of waterways and removing more than 25 million pounds of litter and debris.

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

Enter the 2019 National River Cleanup Photo Contest!

The 2019 National River Cleanup® Photo Contest has begun and we want to see all your best cleanup photos from this past year! Click here to upload your top 10 photos and tell us about your cleanup. Photo entries must be submitted by January 10, 2020 and voting will take place end of January. For more information, take a look at our photo contest rules.

2018 Was A Great Year.

Over 57,228 volunteers removed 2 million pounds of trash from nearly 3,166 cleanup sites. In that many pounds of trash, there are bound to be some strange discoveries. Check out 2018’s Craziest River Items and the Cleanup Champions that went above and beyond to make it a record year!

Want To Organize A River Cleanup In Your Community?

Register your cleanup with National River Cleanup®! When you do, you will receive free trash bags, assistance with online and print media coverage, volunteer promotion online and technical support.