Earth Day is Sunday. And with it comes a month of creek and stream cleanups around the region.
Rock Creek saw volunteers cleaning its waters and banks on Saturday, including at a cleanup site in Twinbrook, as part of Rock Creek Conservancy's fourth annual Extreme Cleanup. Also Saturday, Rockville residents cleaned the stream at Maryvale Park. (See the photos and video above, courtesy of Rockville 11.)
The 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday included 344 registered sites throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. By Tuesday morning, 169 sites and 4,054 volunteers had reported the following haul to the cleanup's website:
- Tons of trash removed: 81.45
- Tires: 903
- Recyclable Beverage Containers: 80,600
- Plastic Bags: 13,944
- Cigarette Butts: 14,164
There are still opportunities to get involved in cleanups at sites around the region this weekend. Click here to search a list of sites sorted by county and state.