American Rivers Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup

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American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, announces the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. Find a river cleanup near you at http://www.AmericanRivers.org/cleanup.

River cleanup, courtesy AJ Brucks

“For twenty years, National River Cleanup has given individuals the chance to bring rivers back to life." -- Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president for conservation at American Rivers

American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for healthy rivers and clean water, today announced the kickoff of National River Cleanup™, now in its 20th year. The program, which mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from rivers nationwide, is poised for its most successful year to date.

Millions of tons of trash – from plastic bags to old tires to large appliances -- end up in our rivers and streams each year. Trash is more than just an eyesore -- it can pollute drinking water supplies, threaten fish and wildlife, and hurt recreation opportunities.

National River Cleanup provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to improve river health and give back to their communities. The 20th anniversary of National River Cleanup is generating record participation, thanks to a new online handbook, interactive map, and increased local outreach.

The online handbook provides people interested in organizing their own cleanups with comprehensive information on everything from how to scout a location, to how to increase day-of participation. Cleanup organizers will receive a kit with free trash bags, T-shirts, and snacks, while supplies last.

The National River Cleanup Program is sponsored by Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, Tom’s of Maine, Cox Enterprises, and REI. These companies have made a long-term commitment to American Rivers’ work to protect and restore rivers across the country.

American Rivers has deemed 2011 The Year of the River because there has never been such national focus, support and momentum for healthy rivers.

American Rivers is the nation’s leading voice fighting for clean water and healthy rivers. For almost 40 years we have protected and restored rivers, scoring victories for communities, fish and wildlife, and future generations. American Rivers has offices in Washington, DC and nationwide, and more than 100,000 supporters and volunteers.

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