Potomac River Watershed Cleanup in Charles County Netted 81.17 Tons of Trash
The Charles County Commissioners recently presented certificates of appreciation to the leaders of the volunteer crews who participated in the annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-up held April 8 at sites throughout Charles County. The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is the largest single watershed cleanup in the area. Through a cooperative effort, Federal, State, County, and City governments work with environmental and civic organizations, Scout troops, school groups, and concerned citizens to clean up along the Potomac River and its tributaries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
During the cleanup, more than 1,000 volunteers, as well as Charles County litter crews, picked up 81.17 tons of trash that included furniture, sporting goods, an oil drum, a 10-speed bicycle, building materials, mortar shells, wooden steps, a new kayak, as well as cans, bottles and more.
Among the groups were Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, North Point High School and Thomas Stone High School students, the Wicomico Scenic River Commission, 4-H members, Lions Club members, the Charles County Kiwanis Club, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Charles County Sheriff's Office, Cobb Island Fire Department and Cobb Island Citizens Association, the Humane Society of Charles County, Nanjemoy Vision, the Bureau of Land Management, church groups, the Southern Maryland Carousel Group, CBIRF Marines, state agencies, and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy, as well as Charles County litter crews.
The sites included: Alice Ferguson Foundation, Allens Fresh, Benedict, Camp Merrick in Nanjemoy, Chapel Point Park, Chicamuxen/Myrtle Grove, Cobb Island, Friendship Landing/Walters Landing in Nanjemoy, Chapman State Park, Purse State Park, Smallwood State Park, Marshall Hall, Mason Springs, Marbury Run, Morgantown-Mirant, the Nanjemoy Community, Pomonkey Creek, Port Tobacco Sutton Acres, Swan Point, Teagues Point Crime Watch, US Naval Support Facility in Indian Head, Wills Park in La Plata, and other community cleanups.
PHOTO: A Charles County litter crew uses a grapple truck to remove trash from a ravine during the annual Potomac River Cleanup on April 8, 2006.
Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative
Alice Ferguson Foundation