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Join in Spring Cleaning this April


By: NOAA Marine Debris Program staff


April is Earth Month, so what better way to celebrate than helping out our oceans and Great Lakes with spring cleaning? Organizations across the country are holding coastal cleanups this month, so come one, come all, and get involved. For example, our staff in the mid-Atlantic will join The Alice Ferguson Foundation  on April 5 in the 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, an effort that has engaged over 128,000 volunteers and removed 6.5 million pounds of trash over the last twenty-five years.

Last year, 14,586 volunteers at 633 sites collected 624,000 lbs. of debris in Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, including:

–          193,800 beverage containers

–          27,400 cigarette butts

–          27,200 plastic bags

–          1,314 tires

We in the NOAA Marine Debris Program encourage you to go to these cleanups and see first-hand the impact marine debris has on our coasts. We’ve highlighted a few across the country on our website. We can also help you find a cleanup  near you or give you tips on how to start your own. Just email us at

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

3 thoughts on “Join in Spring Cleaning this April

  1. Pingback: How Will You Celebrate World Ocean Day? | NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog

  2. WOW — this is some serious cleaning going on here! 624,000 pounds of garbage is nothing to shake a stick at! All of the people who volunteered should really be proud of this..

  3. Pingback: Celebrate and Protect the Ocean with us on World Ocean Day | NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog

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