Potomac River Watershed Cleanup to be Held March 31, April 1

LA PLATA, Md. — The 19th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup will be held on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, 2007, from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed at numerous sites in Charles County for this annual event, which is held rain or shine. Officials are also encouraging citizens to conduct Adopt-A-Road and community clean-ups in the watershed.

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., West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The County Commissioners say they are encouraging individuals, families, and groups to volunteer at one of the cleanup sites that is convenient to their neighborhood. The Commissioners also note that this is also an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours.

Participants should wear boots or sturdy shoes and expect to get damp or dirty. Gloves and bags will be provided for participants, as well as trash removal.

Charles County officials are also looking for new sites to add to the cleanup and welcome any suggestions from the public.

For more information about the cleanup and how to volunteer, or how to make your site part of the cleanup, please call the Charles County Department of Public Facilities at (301) 932-3599 or (301) 870-2778.

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