31st Annual Potomac River Cleanup April 13th, 2019

Thousands of Volunteers to Participate in the 
31th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup


Washington DC  – Thousands of residents across Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia will come together on Saturday, April 13 to protect the rivers we love and the water we drink as part of the 31th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup (#PotomacCleanup)

Since 1989, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has coordinated the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup every April, engaging more than 150,000 volunteers, nearly 500 partner organizations, and removing more than 7.5 million pounds of trash from the Potomac River Watershed.

Results from last year’s 30th Anniversary Cleanup included:

  • More than 9,500 Volunteers
  • 346,000 pounds of trash collected
  • 267 Cleanup Sites Across 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, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Local DC  sites with 50+ expected volunteers include Fletchers CoveWashington Canoe ClubPierce MillNational ZooKenilworth Aquatic GardensAnacostia Park.  Interested in different locations? Click here for scheduled cleanup sites.

When:  The majority of cleanups will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. There will be additional cleanups scheduled throughout the month.

Who: Thousands of volunteers from around the watershed including elected officials, community businesses and leaders, NGOs, teachers, and government agency leaders.

 The annual Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiativewhich seeks to connect people to their local watershed with the ultimate goal of creating clean land, safe water and healthy lives. The data gathered from the hundreds of sites during cleanups in the month of April is used throughout the year to track trash hot spots, mark progress and target policies intended to reduce litter in the region.

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.  Learn more at fergusonfoundation.org

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