Rock Creek Conservancy will host its 9th annual Extreme Cleanup on Saturday, April 22, with the goal of cleaning Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. This large-scale volunteer effort includes trash cleanups at more than 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek.
In the Rock Creek watershed, trash accumulates through littering and illegal dumping of large items, such as furniture and construction waste. When it rains, litter from the street gutters in surrounding neighborhoods wash into the storm sewer system that drains straight to the nearest creek. In the past eight years, Extreme Cleanup volunteers have collected a combined total of over 15,000 bags of litter, 75 tons of junk, 900 tires, and 38,000 plastic bags.
“As a result of the efforts by Extreme Cleanup volunteers, Rock Creek and its adjacent locations are much cleaner, but there is still plenty of work to be done,” said Matthew Fleischer, Rock Creek Conservancy’s Executive Director. “We hope to see a big turnout this year and encourage anyone—from companies and organizations to families and students—to join us on this day of work in the Rock Creek watershed.”
The Extreme Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which occurs in four states and the District of Columbia in April. Volunteers with the Conservancy do their part for a trash-free Potomac River by cleaning up Rock Creek, which flows into the Potomac near the Watergate Complex and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Additional Extreme Cleanup partners include Blue Planet Scuba, DC Parks & Recreation, Montgomery County Parks, and the National Park Service.
For more information about the Extreme Cleanup or to register for a site, visit http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events/extreme-cleanup. Those who would like to host a cleanup at their own site with a private group or public volunteers may email firstname.lastname@example.org.