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Volunteers Needed for UBB Anacostia River Cleanup

Guest Leslie

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Even though millions of people visit Washington D.C every year and the Anacostia River hugs our nation's capital, the Anacostia River is commonly called "D.C.'s forgotten river." This past spring, this 8.4 mile river was deemed "one of the most polluted waterways in the nation." According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), more than 20,000 tons of trash and debris enter the Anacostia's waters each year. From 1989 to 2009, Anacostia Watershed Society volunteers have removed 850 tons of trash from the watershed.


United By Blue will be hosting a cleanup of the Anacostia River on Saturday, October 8th from 10 am to 2 pm. We will be meeting in the Anacostia Park "Section F" parking lot (2223 Oklahoma Avenue Northeast, Washington D.C.), be on the lookout for our United By Blue flags. UBB scouted out this site and was quite shocked at what we found. Easily, we saw a few thousand plastic bottles along the marshlands and banks, about 250 tires, and tons of construction and household waste dumped along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. This could easily be one of our biggest cleanups to date, so tell your neighbors, friends, family, your mailman and everyone you know! Volunteers can register and learn more by clicking here.

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Guest Marcia J.



My friends and I are interested in helping with the river cleanup. Is it possible to get more information on this project?



I clicked on the link on the original post but I don't think it's working.

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Guest Cornish



2012 Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration


Join the Anacostia Watershed Society and other local organizations as we work to cleanup the Anacostia River and its tributaries in honor of Earth Day. Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers helped us remove more than 42 tons of trash from the river!

Schedule of Events for Earth Day 2012

Support Earth Day 2012

Volunteer Information

View a map of cleanup sites

Volunteer Registration for Earth Day 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012


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Cleanup: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Nearly 40 sites throughout the Anacostia Watershed in Washington, DC, and Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland!

Celebration: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

This year the Celebration will be held in RFK parking lot #6 (right near the bridge that takes you to Kingman and Heritage Islands). There is plenty of parking on site, and it is Metro accessible (Stadium-Armory Station, Orange and Blue lines). The celebration, part of The Nature Conservancy's Picnic for the Planet, will feature notable speakers, live music by local reggae band Proverbs, as well as vendor and organizational tables -- so you can check out what other cool environmental things are going on in the DC metro area. Also, did we mention there will be free food and drinks? Graciously prepared by our partner, Seafarer's Yacht Club, this is just our way of saying "THANKS!"

If you are interested in having booth space (must provide own table), please contact Membership and Volunteer Coordinator Maddie Koenig at 301-699-6204 ext. 109 or mkoenig@anacostiaws.org.

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pdf_ico.pngClick here to download the 2012 Earth Day Flyer.

Support Earth Day 2012


Make a tax-deductible donation to support the 2012 Earth Day Cleanup of the Anacostia River Watershed by clicking here!

You can also become a corporate sponsor! For more information regarding corporate sponsorship, please contact our Director of Development Erin Castelli at 301-699-6204 ext. 102 or ecastelli@anacostiaws.org.

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Volunteer Information


What to Bring: All supplies and materials needed to work will be provided by AWS and our various Earth Day partners! There is no need for volunteers to bring gloves or bags -- your site leader will have them! Please be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Dressing in layers is advised, as weather conditions in April can change quickly. Please bring a beverage and a snack for yourself if you feel that will be necessary.

What to Expect: All volunteers will be working to remove trash and debris from various sites throughout the watershed. Please be aware that this work requires bending and some light lifting, and you are likely to get dirty! When you arrive at your cleanup site, you will be asked to sign in. Be sure to provide your name, email, and emergency contact information. You will need to provide this information even if you have RSVPed through our website. Responsible adults will need to provide this information for anyone under the age of 18. Once you have signed in, your site leader will provide further direction and pass out supplies. Please contact your site leader (contact information provided below if you click on the interactive map) with questions regarding directions, location, etc. on the day of the event. Depending on your chosen cleanup site, you may or may not be within viewing distance of the Anacostia River. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every volunteer will be provided with a t-shirt, even if you have RSVPed.

For more information on volunteering please contact Membership and Volunteer Coordinator Maddie Koenig at 301-699-6204 ext. 109 or mkoenig@anacostiaws.org.

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Earth Day 2012 Cleanup Sites


Take a look at our map and list of cleanup sites below to find the one closest to you. We will be updating this page as sites fill up or information changes so be sure to check back! Note that some sites are starting or ending their events at different times; check the map for specific details for each site.



For an alphabetical list of sites linked to the pins, click here for a larger map

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Volunteer Registration for Earth Day 2012


Please review the list of cleanup sites below before registering as you will be asked to name your preferred cleanup site. Be sure to check the map above for each site's specific event date and time, as some will vary. We will be updating this information as sites fill up and things may change so be sure to check back! You must register to participate in this event.


Adelphi Mill

8436 Riggs Rd

Adelphi, MD 20783

ANA-11 (Bladensburg Wetlands)

Tree Planting

4601 Annapolis Rd.

Bladensburg, MD 20710

Anacostia Park

1800 Anacostia Dr. SE

Washington, DC 20020

See map for specific location

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

4601 Annapolis Rd.

Bladensburg, MD 20710

Breewood Park

Date: April 22, 1-4 pm

Northwood High School

919 University Blvd. West

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Briar's Mill Run

6270 Tuckerman St.

Riverdale, MD 20737

Broad Acres Park

710 Beacon Rd.

Silver Spring, MD 20903

Burnt Mills

Colesville Rd. (Rt. 29) & Northwest Branch

Silver Spring, MD 20901

Capitol Heights*

Central Ave. & Suffolk Ave.

Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Chillum Tributary

Cypress Creek Dr & 16th Ave.

Chillum, MD 20782

Deanwood / Middle Watts Branch*

5200 Foote St NE

Washington, DC 20019

Diamond Teague Park* (FULL!)

100 Potomac Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20003

Forest Glen Rd. to Dennis Ave.*

Date: April 28

Park along Dameron Dr. near 9801 Dameron Dr.

Silver Spring, MD 20902

Greenbrook Lake, Schrom Hills Park

6915 Hanover Pkwy

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Indian Creek

5050 Powdermill Rd.

Beltsville, MD 20705

Joint Base Anacostia Bolling Marina

Bolling Air Force Base

Washington, DC

(must have military ID to get on base)

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

1550 Anacostia Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20019

Kenilworth Park

Deane Avenue NE

Washington, DC 20019

Kenilworth Park & Bandalong Litter Trap

End of Deane Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20019

Kingman & Heritage Islands (RFK)*

575 Oklahoma Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20002

North RFK Parking Lots (#6&7)

Long Branch*

8700 Piney Branch Rd.

Silver Spring, MD 20901

Marvin Gaye Park & Bandalong Litter Trap

61st St. & Banks Place NE

Washington, DC 20019

North Brentwood

4000 Wallace Rd.

North Brentwood, MD 20722

Old Beaverdam Creek

Hawthorne St. & Country Club Rd.

Landover, MD 20785

Paint Branch

Paint Branch Park & Metzerott Rd.

College Park, MD 20740

Quincy Run - Bladenwoods Condos

5208 Newton St.

Bladensburg, MD 20710

Randolph Rd. & Kemp Mill Rd.

Colesville, MD 20904

RFK Stadium Parking Lot Eight*

2500 Independence Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20003

Riverside Neighborhood Park

End of Riverside Dr.

Riverdale, MD 20737

River Terrace / Anacostia Fringe Wetlands

Anacostia Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20019

Route 450

4200 57th Ave.

Bladensburg, MD 20710

Seafarer's Yacht Club

1950 M St., SE

Washington, DC 20003

Sligo Creek

Montgomery & Prince George's Counties, MD

There will be approximately 10 cleanup sites along Sligo Creek taking place on Saturday, April 21nd and Sunday, April 22nd. For more information, visit Friends of Sligo Creek's Web site: www.fosc.org.

Twining, Dupont Park & Penn-Branch Neighborhoods

Date: April 14

3000 block M Place & 2900 block Fairlawn Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20019

Watts Branch*

N.H. Burroughs Ave. between Minnesota Ave. and 44th St. NE

Washington, DC 20019

West Hyattsville Metro*

2700 Hamilton St.

Hyattsville, MD 20782

Woodworth Park

Cheverly Park Drive at Wayne Place

Cheverly, MD 20785



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