By: Leah Henry
On Saturday, April 11, the Alice Ferguson Foundation will host the 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the largest regional event of its kind. The cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and generates momentum for change. Over the last 26 years, this event has removed 7 million pounds of trash from the Potomac River watershed with the help of 150,000 volunteers.
Roughly 15,000 volunteers in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia will head out to over 500 sites to cleanup our communities and waterways. We hope you are one of them! Learn more and volunteer at PotomacCleanup.org. With your help, we can create clean land, safe water, and healthy lives with a trash-free Potomac watershed.
If you are in the region, find a cleanup near you! And if you plan to posting to social media use #PotomacCleanup and reference: @AliceFerguson (Twitter) and @AliceFergusonFoundation (Instagram).
Results from Last Year’s Potomac River Watershed Cleanup:
- 671 sites
- 14,766 volunteers
- 288 tons of trash collected (576,000 pounds) including; 211,000 beverage containers, 18,600 cigarettes, 3,560 plastic bags, and 1,288 tires
Take the time. Take part. Take action.
And if you are unable to make it out, visit the Site Leader Center for more information to start a cleanup site near you, or visit the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth day cleanup on April 25!