15,000 Volunteers Expected to Participate in Regional “Spring Cleaning” of the Potomac River

March 26, 2014

Alena Rosen
Tel: 202-417-3523
Cell: 202-580-9045
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15,000 Volunteers Expected to Participate in Regional
“Spring Cleaning” of the Potomac River

(Washington, DC)  As the weather finally warms, thousands of regional residents will come together this spring to clean their neighborhoods as they participate in the 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 5th. The annual Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s larger Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative, which works to develop and implement solutions to the pervasive problem of trash.  The data gathered from the hundreds sites during cleanups during the month of April is used throughout the year by the Initiative to help track trash hot spots, mark progress, and target policies intended to reduce litter in the region.

What: Since 1989, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has coordinated the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup every April, engaging more than 124,000 volunteers, nearly 500 partner organizations, and removing close to 6.5 million pounds of trash from the Potomac River Watershed. Final results from the 2013 Cleanup include:

  • 312 Total Tons Removed (524,000 lbs)
  • 14,586 Volunteers
  • More than 495 participating groups and partners
  • 27,200 Plastic bags, 193,000 Beverage Containers,  27,400 Cigarette Butts, and 1,314 Tires Removed
  • 633 Cleanup Sites in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

Where: Cleanups will be held at hundreds of sites throughout the Potomac Watershed, which includes the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Locate a site here.

When:  The majority of cleanups will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Who: Thousands of volunteers from around the Watershed, elected officials, community businesses and leaders, NGOs, teachers, and government agency leaders. Some highlighted participants include:

  • Councilmember David Grosso, Washington, DC
  • Councilmember Muriel Bowser, 4th Ward, DC
  • Delegate Barbara Frush, 21st District, MD
  • Commissioner Candice Quinn Kelly, Charles County, MD
  • Commissioner Jack Sims, District Heights, MD
  • Councilman Nicholas Scarpelli, Cumberland, MD
  • Councilwoman Julie Palakovich Carr, Rockville, MD
  • Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak, Frederick, MD
  • Senator Adam Ebbin, District 30, VA
  • Chairman Mark Sicjkesm 43rd District, VA
  • Delegate David Bulova, 37th District, VA
  • Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez, 49th District, VA
  • Delegate Marcus Simon, 53rd District, VA
  • Delegate Michael Folk, 63rd District, WV

The Cleanup is sponsored by: Beveridge and Diamond; Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company; Colornet Printing; The District Department of the Environment; ExxonMobil; Gangplank Marina Slipholders Association; Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable; Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation; MGM Resorts International; Mom’s Organic Market; National Geographic FieldScope; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—Marine Debris Program;  Prince George’s County Department of Natural Resources; REI; Southern Maryland Electronic Cooperative; Starbucks; and Washington Gas

The Alice Ferguson Foundation connects people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy. AFF operates the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center—a 330-acre working farm located on the shorelines of the Potomac River south of Washington, D.C.  As we fulfill our mission of connecting people to nature and inspiring actions that sustain our world, we provide environmental education programs at Hard Bargain Farm and through our Bridging the Watershed program at National Parks throughout the Potomac River Watershed.  Our Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative seeks systemic solutions to the persistent problem of trash.  Learn more at www.fergusonfoundation.org


Editor’s Note:

This is a highly visual story, and will feature opportunities to interview participants and shoot great video or still photos demonstrating the pervasive problem of trash in our waterways. To cover a site, please contact Alena Rosen at 202.580.9045 or email [email protected]


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