RIVER CLEAN UPS

Volunteers with trash river clean ups

Our river needs your help to stay clean. Each year, volunteers help us pick up 16,000 pounds of trash.

For everyone’s safety, we hope you can go out with a small group of friends or family and conduct your own river clean up.

By removing trash you’re making a difference for our river.

 

What do I need?

Family with trash bagsRecommended Equipment List:

  • Trash Bags
  • Gloves
  • Litter-Getters

We can help lend you equipment to outfit your own clean up. If you’d like to borrow our equipment, please get in touch with us.

Email cleanups@riverfriends.org for assistance with equipment and trash removal.

Once you do your clean up, let us know and we’ll send you a free sticker!

How to stay safe

Follow recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines which you can view here for the state of Virginia.

Prepare for the weather and the terrain = stay hydrated!

Do NOT pick up needles

 

Where to pick up trash

River clean up at England Run in Stafford County

There are frequent high-use areas along our river that always need attention. Consider one of these sites for your clean up:

Fredericksburg:

Old Mill Park

Alum Springs Park

Spotsylvania:

Cosner’s Park

Mott’s Run Boat Launch

Stafford:

Falmouth Beach

Route 1 Bridge along the Rappahannock

Government Island

Duff Park

If you’d like to find a site closer to your home, but are not sure how to find it, please email us at cleanups@riverfriends.org

And if you know of a site within the Rappahannock River watershed that needs a clean up, please let us know! Email cleanups@riverfriends.org

Finished? Report your clean up and get a free sticker!

Help us keep track of all the good work being done for our river. We’ll send you one of our stickers as a thank you!

Fill out this form. We’ll ask for the following information:

  • How many pounds of trash collected. One bag of trash = 20 pounds on average
  • Clean up site location
  • Date of clean up
  • Your mailing address and email address (so we can send you your sticker)

Post it on social media and get entered into a weekly raffle! Tag Friends of the Rappahannock and use the following hashtags:

#trashtag #cleanrapp #littergetter