The National River Cleanup 25th Anniversary Photo Contest Winner | Allison Plute

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

In 2016, NRC celebrated its 25th anniversary by:

  • Registering 1,953 cleanups at locations nationwide,
  • Mobilizing 47,648 volunteers, and
  • Removing 3.4 million pounds of trash from our waterways!

We also kept over 31,700 pieces of trash out of our waterways through the National River Cleanup Pledge and held cleanups of our own in American Rivers’ priority river basins. Help us thank all the dedicated volunteers and cleanup organizers who made this outstanding year possible!

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

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.