Hooray for our Earth!

Anacostia River seen from Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

In just over a week we will be hosting our annual Anacostia Watershed Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration event! Please join us on April 20th in honoring Earth Day, bringing awareness to the Anacostia Watershed, and celebrating the great work done by all this past year to restore our natural environments. Most trash cleanup activities will run from 9 am to 11:30 am. (For specific locations and times, please visit our Earth Day Google Map.) As always, there will be a celebration following the cleanup -- this year it will be held at Bladensburg Waterfront Park from noon to 2 pm. There will be live music, guest speakers, exhibits from local organizations, and free food and drinks prepared by our long-time partner Seafarers Yacht Club. For more details please visit our Earth Day webpage.

To get you in the spirit, here are some highlights from 2012:

• 39 locations
• Approximately 2,300 volunteers
• Almost 3,000 bags of trash & recycled material
• 166 tires
• An estimated weight total of almost 42 tons! (bags, tires, & bulk trash)

These girls were amazed at the items they were finding on the banks of the river at Anacostia Park.

Bottles, bottles, and more bottles! They were found at several locations, but the ones in the photo were in Chillum, MD not far from the confluence of Sligo Creek and Northwest Branch.

This group had a great time cleaning up in North Brentwood, MD.

More than 80 volunteers helped plant nearly 150 native trees near Bladensburg Wetlands, ANA-11.

Our sponsors and in-kind contributors this year are:
CSX Corporation; Pepco Holdings, Inc.; Giant of Maryland LLC; Alcoa; CH2M HILL, Inc.; Aggregate Industries Management, Inc.; EarthShare; National Park Service; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties); Klean Kanteen; Coca-Cola Refreshments; District Department of the Environment (DDOE); Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection; Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Senate Asphalt; Alice Ferguson Foundation; Old Line Bank; WC Smith; Sibley Memorial Hospital; Gross Mendelsohn; Konterra; COPT Property Management; Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; Turner Construction Company; Scanlan Fleet Service, Inc.; Fuel Green, Inc.; Circle Yoga, LLC; Mylestone Plans/Lincoln Financial Advisors; Reid & Associates, CPA, LLC; Riverdale Park Business Association; Something Different Contracting, LLC; Train Printing Co. Inc.; Ecoprint; F. F. Frog Associates; Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA); DC Materials; Forest City Washington; Johnson Associates, Inc.; Puroclean Restoration Services; Limno-Tech, Inc.; Proskauer Rose LLP; Fragers Hardware; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); DC Water; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; American Rivers; DC Department of Public Works

Proverbs Reggae Band played during the celebration and closed out the event at RFK Stadium.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, partners, and volunteers for making the event such a success last year!

We still need volunteers to help out on April 20th! The following sites are in the most need of volunteers: Adelphi Mill, Briers Mill Run, Cool Spring Creek, Little Paint Branch, Quincy Run, Shepherd Parkway, and Tunic Park & Uline Ave. so if you would like to participate this year and haven’t already, please RSVP today!


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