Enjoy a wonderful paddle while helping cleanup the St. Mary’s River, Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 12 noon during the 7th Annual St. Mary’s River Cleanup hosted by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association. Volunteers will paddle up and down the St. Mary’s River Water Trail from the end of Adkins Road. The public is invited to participate. Registration is required.
Last year, 37 volunteers walked or paddled their way along the St. Mary’s River to rid her waters and banks of unsightly and hazardous trash. In addition to 82 bags of trash and recyclables, and 11 tires, four strong volunteers lifted a V-8 engine into an aluminum boat during the three-hour outing.
Registered participants will meet at the end of Adkins Road, off MD Route 5, at 9:00 a.m. Bring your own canoe or kayak, life vest, and paddling gear. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Help cleanup the St. Mary’s River and improve your watershed!
Please call 301-737-2903 or email info@StMarysRiver.org. to register
Trash and litter has negative effects in many areas of life in the region:
- it harms wildlife;
- costs taxpayers precious funds for cleanup and removal;
- is a public health threat by increasing breeding grounds for virus carrying insects
- decreases property values; and
- hurts businesses, recreation, and tourism.
The St. Mary’s River Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, http://fergusonfoundation.org/trash-free-potomac-watershed-initiative/potomac-river-watershed-cleanup/. There are more than 600 cleanup sites in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.