“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Rivers provide more than 65% of the nation’s drinking water, but trash and pollution can degrade a river’s safety and its beauty. Most Americans live within a mile of a river or stream, and removing trash and recyclable materials from the water or riverbanks can help preserve these vital resources.
Millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers and streams every year. Much of this trash can harm our water systems.
Join or organize a river cleanup! Last year, 300,000 volunteers participated in the National River Cleanup Program and picked up more than 1.2 million pounds of trash from 76,000 miles of rivers.
3-4 hours preparation; anywhere from an hour to a full day for the cleanup – depending on your interest and availability.
No special skills are needed – just a desire to enjoy the outdoors and help out a local river.
Who can do this?
The activity is not strenuous and most cleanups can be performed walking along the riverbanks or wading in the edge of water. The group can be small or large – some cleanups are a handful of friends and some are hundreds of community members working together.
Great reasons to do this project
This activity shows immediate and direct results – it is good for communities, the environment and individuals. Piles of trash bags and recyclable materials, as well as a cleaner river can instill a sense of pride and ownership.