American Rivers Kicks off 2017 River Cleanup Season

April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017

Contact: Amy Kober, 503-708-1145 or Lowell George, 202-347-7550

(Washington, DC) – Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate in National River Cleanup®, an American Rivers program that keeps rivers and streams trash-free.

The river cleanup season kicks off today and runs through the fall. To date, more than 1.3 million National River Cleanup volunteers have removed over 25 million pounds of trash from rivers and streams across the country.

Volunteers can find a cleanup or register their own at

Healthy rivers are essential to our health, economy, and quality of life. Rivers provide more than two-thirds of our drinking water supplies and are economic engines for communities. Healthy rivers and streams provide significant value to residents and visitors, offering places to exercise and explore, spend time with family and friends, and connect with the natural world.

Many streams have become eyesores, clogged with trash, from plastic bags and cans to tires and old appliances. River cleanups help turn forgotten streams into community assets once again.

The National River Cleanup Program is sponsored by Aveda, Cox Enterprises, Keurig Green Mountain, Plow & Hearth, REI and

“We all need clean water and healthy rivers. Cleanups are a great way to help the rivers that sustain us. We’re grateful for the support of Aveda, Cox Enterprises, Keurig Green Mountain, Plow & Hearth, REI, and  and thrilled we can work together to make a difference in communities nationwide,” said Lowell George, National River Cleanup Manager at American Rivers.


American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers.

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