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National River Cleanup Offers Great
The rivers and streams of the DC metropolitan
area are renowned for their natural beauty and abundance of life. Our
communities’ waters are a natural resource we must care for so that future
generations may enjoy the outstanding recreational opportunities rivers
National River Cleanup energizes
and engages tens of thousands of volunteers to participate in locally organized
river cleanups around the country throughout the year. River cleanups are
sponsored by local organizers and range from casual backyard creek cleanups to
fully orchestrated state-wide cleanups that remove tons of trash from miles long
stretches of river. One and all stand together and are counted as part of the
national effort to clean up America’s precious water resources. Getting your
Scout troop involved in a planned local river cleanup, or organizing your own
cleanup for your troop, is a wonderful way to teach our Scouts a greater
appreciation for our communities’ rivers, raise their awareness about where
litter ends up while also getting our Scouts out to enjoy some time outdoors on
Each year, Scout troops across the country
participate in community river cleanups donating their time and energy to the
great cause of cleaning up their local streams and rivers. In light of the years
of support and participation the scouts have given to this effort, NCAC is
embarking on a partnership with American Rivers, the sponsor of National River
Cleanup, to ensure that our scouts play an integral part of the success of this
program in the DC metropolitan area.
To learn more about how to go about organizing a
river cleanup for your Scout troop consult theRiver Cleanup Organizers Handbook produced by American Rivers.
Organizing a river cleanup is fun and easy and is a great community service
activity your troop is sure to get a kick out of participating in.
When you register your cleanup as part of the
National River Cleanup you gain access to a variety of communications tools to
help you organize your cleanup as well as free trash bags. Go
to http://AmericanRivers.org/cleanup to get started.
Millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s
rivers and streams every year. Where we live, in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,
tens of thousands of tons of garbage threaten the world’s largest and most
productive estuary. National River Cleanup events in Maryland, Virginia, West
Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia address this problem head on
and have removed several tons of trash and debris from our waters. Have your
troop be a part of this important effort because: "When you Pitch in, Rivers