Tenth Annual Extreme Cleanup

Rock Creek | Many Sites
Windom Pl NW and Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Each spring, we organize and promote the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, with trash cleanups at over 60 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. This year will be our 10th year of hosting the cleanup on April 14, 2018! Our goal is total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. We work closely with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks.

The Extreme Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which occurs in four states and the District of Columbia in April. We do our part for a trash-free Potomac River by cleaning up Rock Creek, which flows into the Potomac near the Watergate Complex and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

In the past nine years, volunteers have collected a combined total of over 17,000 trash bags full of litter, 80 tons of junk, 910 tires, and 40,000 plastic bags. As a result of these efforts, many locations are much cleaner for both wildlife and people.

But trash still accumulates through littering and illegal dumping of large items, such as furniture and construction waste. When it rains, litter–mostly plastic bags and bottles–from the street gutters in surrounding neighborhoods wash into the storm sewer system that drains straight to the nearest creek.

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