On March 5, 2017, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) joined volunteers from Common Ground Church to dive head first into the upper portion of the Rappahannock Canal, Canal Path, and Snowden Wetland for our first #RappRiverCleanup of 2017!
We had 22 volunteers of all ages come out to spend the day Serving the City and cleaning up the Rappahannock River. We found all kinds of crazy stuff in and around the canal including a shopping cart, street signs, plastic bottles, beer bottles, newspapers, single use plastic bags, couch cushions, and tennis balls galore!
Where does it all come from?
The majority of the trash and debris comes from adjacent parking lots and roads. The canal runs right through highly urbanized areas and goes under four major roads! The canal is also a major receiver of stormwater runoff from tons of storm drains. This means, whenever it rains, whatever is on the pavement is eventually going to get washed into the canal and might even make it to the Rappahannock River.
This cleanup we were astounded at all the litter but our team wasn't discouraged. We threw on our waders, sunk into the mud, laughed, smiled, and enjoyed our time outdoors giving back to the community and the environment.
All in all we removed over 1,000 pounds of trash and even returned six orange construction barrels to the folks working on Mary Washington Boulevard that were one rainstorm away from getting sunk into the canal. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to Serve the City day and we look forward to working with you again on Sunday March 12, 2017!