Event Part of Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Coordinated by the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Individuals and groups will gather to clean up trash from the shoreline in the Mallows Bay area of the Potomac River on April 16, 2016, as part of the 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. The annual Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s larger Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative, which seeks lasting solutions to the issue of trash with the ultimate goal of creating clean land, safe water and healthy lives. The data gathered from the hundreds of sites during cleanups in the month of April, including this one, is used throughout the year by the Initiative to track trash hot spots, mark progress and target policies intended to reduce litter in the region.
The Mallows Bay area of the Potomac River in Charles County, MD, is home to the “Ghost Fleet,” the largest collection of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere, which has become a unique ecological habitat and tourist attraction. the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is evaluating a proposal submitted by the State of Maryland, Charles County and a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals to designate this areas as a new National Marine Sanctuary, the first on a river and the first in the Chesapeake watershed. This would also be the first new sanctuary in 20 years.
WHO: A local Girl Scout troop, Gale Bailey Elementary School Green Club (Charles County), North Point High School Ocean Guardian Program (Charles County), the Chesapeake Conservancy and more than 100 members of the local community, non-profit organizations, and partners of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary.
WHAT: Cleanup of Mallows Bay – Potomac River. Since 1989, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has coordinated the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup every April, engaging about 150,000 volunteers and hundreds of partner organizations and removing close to seven million pounds of trash from the Potomac River Watershed.
WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mallows Bay Park, 1440 Wilson Landing Rd, Nanjemoy, MD 20662
2015 STATS: At the previous cleanup in 2015, there were:
200 bags of trash and recyclables collected
1000 pounds bulk trash
200 pounds assorted metal
One abandoned skiff
Two navigational buoys
Electric water heater
Electric space heater
County recycling bin
Three 55 gallon plastic drums
Two lawn mower blades
Engine block and other car parts
Lots of styrofoam
Lots of rubber and plastic lining
The Cleanup is sponsored by: Bank of America, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., ColorNet Printing, District Department of the Environment, ExxonMobil, Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, MGM National Harbor, MOM’s Organic Market, National Geographic Fieldscope, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, PEPCO, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, REI, Safeway, SMECO and Washington Gas.
The Alice Ferguson Foundation connects people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy. As we fulfill our mission of connecting people to nature and inspiring actions that sustain our world, we provide environmental education programs at Hard Bargain Farm and through our Bridging the Watershed program at National Parks throughout the Potomac River Watershed. Our Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative seeks systemic solutions to the persistent problem of trash. Learn more at www.fergusonfoundation.org