By: Leah Henry
For the last 26 years, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has organized a successful, region-wide, volunteer-driven cleanup of the Potomac River watershed. Since its inception, seven million pounds of trash has been removed, making the Potomac cleaner and more beautiful.
This year was no different. We asked excited and dedicated volunteers what made them come to locations across the D.C. metro area to pitch in and clean up. Let’s hear from a few!
“I want a reason to attend the Potomac Conservancy ‘Take Me to the River’ Gala on April 30th – a reason to gloat,” says Ellie.
“I was dragged,” confesses Will and gestures to Ellie.
“I love being outside and being with friends – I grew up on a farm. We spotted the first snake of the season! And, truthfully, I can’t stay inside watching Netflix and eating Doritos anymore – it is spring!” explains Dontay (third from left)
“My daughter got the boots,” jokes Kim. “We participate in cleanups every year and have since Lana was small.We love coming to this place, we are avid bikers, and when we were making plans to attend the cherry blossom festivities, we found this cleanup and thought we’d skip the Cherry Blossom Parade for a much better cause.”
“This time, a friend just forwarded me an email but I’ve been doing cleanups since I was a kid,” says a triumphant Amanda.
“It’s for the birds,” says Nancy.
“It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.”
– Theodore Roosevelt