A trash free Potomac watershed will be achieved when we have the institutions, infrastructure, and policies that will lead to a lasting reduction of litter.
- 1989 – First Cleanup at the Farm
- 1994 – Cleanups started to expand throughout the region
- 1999 – Over 100 Cleanups in the Potomac Watershed
- 2005 – Potomac Watershed Trash Treaty is created and signed by 8 elected officials
- 2005 – Advisory Council is created and begins to provide strategic guidance
- 2006 – First Potomac Watershed Trash Summit is held.
- 2007 – Anacostia Regulatory Working Group is formed.
- 2008 Accomplishments
- Anacostia River becomes the second river in country to become listed as impaired for trash.
- First Litter Enforcement Week is held.
- First trash trap is placed on Watts Branch in the Anacostia River.
- 2009 Accomplishments
- Trash Free Potomac Facility program is created.
- The District of Columbia passes the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act.
- 2010 Accomplishments
- Trash TMDL is approved and jurisdictions take action to address litter.
- Regional litter prevention campaign is created through opinion surveys, focus groups, and researching best practice techniques.
- 2011 Accomplishments
- Over 100,000 volunteers participate in the Annual Cleanup
- Montgomery County passes five cent disposable bag fee legislation.
- Trash Free Schools project is created.
- All District schools have the litter prevention campaign displayed.
- Litter Enforcement Week is expanded to Litter Enforcement Month.