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Potomac Watershed Cleanup

Alice Ferguson Foundation's 25th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

Take Pride in Our Potomac

Saturday April 5, 2014 9:00 - Noon
Interested in helping us clean our part of the watershed?
Call our park staff at 301-344-3948 to let us know.

If you don't live near Greenbelt, there are numerous sites in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Click here to find a site nearby.

This year's cleanup will take place at over 300 sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia - all part of the lands, or watershed, that drain into the Potomac. Locations include fields, forests, parking lots and other 'inland' sites, where the trash can be removed before it enters creeks and other waterways.

Why Participate? The Foundation's Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people throughout the watershed with the Ferguson's community spirit. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and generates momentum for change.

Why Have a Watershed Cleanup? The Potomac River provides 480 million gallons of drinking water to the Washington area and 100 millions of ground water to rural regions. It is a symbol of the health of our community. What does it say about us when we allow trash to line the river shoreline and lodge in its streambeds? Plastic bottles, Styrofoam, food wrappers, coffee cups -- you name it, and it's in Our Potomac River and tributaries! How did most of this trash get there? As water washes down our sidewalks and streets, then into storm drains, it carries with it whatever is in its path. Storm drains then dump the water and litter into nearby tributaries, or into the river itself.

Still Creek in Greenbelt Park
Still Creek in Greenbelt Park is part of the Potomac Watershed Cleanup

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