of Volunteers came together on March 20 to support the Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Clean Waterways program by collecting trash from the watershed. Courtesy of Anacostia Riverkeeper.

By Southwester Staff

The Anacostia Riverkeeper’s Clean Waterways program works to bring communities together and advance the goals of clean water and a swimmable, fishable Anacostia River. This spring, new efforts to keep the watershed free of trash and debris kicked off across Southwest DC. 

Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Mandarin Oriental hotel kicked off cherry blossom season on March 20, as nearly 70 people joined together for a riverfront cleanup. Volunteers collected 383 pounds of trash, including automobile parts, food and drink wrappers, and glass bottles. 

Anacostia Riverkeeper also partnered with The Rounds and Compass Coffee for a Saturday morning cleanup on March 26 at Buzzard Point. Students and alumni from the University of Texas and members of the DC chapter of the Sierra Club joined the event. These powerhouse volunteers conducted a brand audit to determine which major companies our trash comes from. Once they’ve analyzed the data, they will share the results on our website.

If you missed those two opportunities but are still looking to do some spring cleaning, you can join Anacostia Riverkeeper at the Anacostia River Festival on Saturday April 9 for a cleanup event at Anacostia Park. As with all our cleanups, supplies will be provided, and the event is rain or shine. 

For more information, please visit https://www.anacostiariverkeeper.org or email Info@anacostiariverkeeper.org

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