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.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, we recommend canceling or postponing all cleanup events through May 10.* American Rivers will not publish any new registered events occurring through May 10 on the National River Cleanup® webpage.

If you have cancelled or re-scheduled the date of your cleanup due to the coronavirus or other factors, please contact (email link) 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.

We encourage cleanup event organizers to continue to stay informed of the situation in your area and review current CDC guidance.

* These dates may update if guidance from the CDC changes.

Come join the fun!

The National River Cleanup® 2019 Photo Contest WinnerBronx River Trash Boom Cleanup | Photo by Erin Cordiner and Westchester Parks Foundation
The National River Cleanup® 2019 Photo Contest Winner | Photo by Erin Cordiner and Westchester Parks Foundation

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 260,000 miles of waterways and removing more than 27 million pounds of litter and debris.

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.

Private Cleanups

Host a small, private cleanup with National River Cleanup. Click here to learn more.