For Immediate Release
Heather Hamilton, American Rivers, 202-347-7550 X 3056
Caitlin Jennings, American Rivers, 202-347-7550 X 3100
Clean up a River for National Rivers Month
River Cleanups Offer Chance to Help Communities
Rivers is encouraging Americans to celebrate their local rivers by
participating in or organizing a river cleanup. Hundreds of river
cleanups across the country are scheduled during June and throughout
the year. Volunteers can find a nearby river cleanup or information and
tools to organize their own at www.AmericanRivers.org/Cleanup.
Each year, millions of tons of trash end up in the nation's rivers.
National River Cleanup was launched in 1991 to help keep the country's
rivers clean and trash-free. Since then, the program has grown
significantly and more than 800,000 volunteers have participated in
6,000 cleanups across the country.
This year, to encourage participation and make cleaning your river
an easy and fun activity, anyone who registers to organize a cleanup
through American Rivers will receive a cleanup kit that includes trash
bags, t-shirts, and snacks.
"Healthy rivers mean healthy communities. By participating in a
river cleanup, people can help serve their communities and make an
immediate impact," said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers.
"Residents of all ages can volunteer - for an hour or a day - to help
clean the river they care about."
In addition to the American Rivers web site, potential volunteers
can find river cleanups near them on Facebook, VolunteerMatch.org and
USAService.gov. Last year was American Rivers' most successful year yet
with more than 300,000 volunteers removing more than 2,400 tons of
trash from more than 50,000 miles of our rivers. This year, American
Rivers is on track to clean even more river miles. This year alone,
several hundred cleanups across the country have already taken place to
help protect and restore our nation's rivers.
Visit www.AmericanRivers.org/Cleanup today to join in and make a difference in your community.
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