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Hard-working volunteers after clean-up.









Hundreds of volunteers came out to join in on the Earth Day Clean-up that took place at 20 locations  along the shores of the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.  There was much concern that this event would not take place and many volunteers were rerouted to alternative sites due to the looming federal shutdown, as many of the clean-up sites were located on federal lands.  GWARDC and nearly 30 volunteers took on the challenge of cleaning the flowing waters of and community around Nash Run, located adjacent to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast DC.  The volunteers retrieved approximately 1900 pounds of bulk trash, which included some interesting items like, toilets, televisions, lawn chairs, a refrigerator, computer monitor, gas meters, van seats, a couch,  a fish tank, mattresses, rugs and even a bathroom sink.  They also removed  30 tires weighing nearly  750 pounds.  There were also 60 bags of recyclable and non-recyclable trash recovered.  Our volunteers removed almost 6 tons of trash.  The best quote of the day was, “It looks like someone came in and dumped their entire house!”  GWARDC would like to thank all of the volunteers that made this event a success.  Everyone did a great job!

Volunteers at GWARDC registration table.