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    NEWSLETTERS

    Adam Griggs
    Volunteers remove tires from the Potomac River in 2008.

    Grab your gloves and trash bags, because it's time to help clean up a local waterway.

    The 21st Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

    It should be easy to find a cleanup site near you, as there are more than 400 located throughout the Washington region.

    From the official Web site:

    Since 1989, more than 40,000 volunteers have teamed with 300 partner organizations to tug over 3 million tons of trash from the watershed’s streams, rivers and bays. Last year's haul of over 285 tons included more than 27 tons of recyclables, 13,596 plastic bags, 1,309 tires, 25 bicycles, 26 shopping carts, 23 metal and plastic barrels 6 TVs and 2 bathtubs!

    The 2008 Cleanup took place at over 300 sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – all part of the lands, or watershed, that drain into the Potomac. Locations included fields, forests, parking lots and other ‘inland’ sites, where the trash can be removed before it enters creeks and other waterways.

    Sounds like a good time, so pull up your boots and head on out to help the environment.