Category: Clean-ups


River Clean 9/11/12

Hey folks,

Long time no see. We have been up to our eye balls in work trying to bring you great projects and river conservation. We are in the midst of a large project right now with the Shenandoah Riverkeeper and a few other organizations to do some work to a public boat landing, but I’ll go into that more when the time comes.

Hope you see us on tv3 soon as we just did a story with Friends of the North Fork of the Shenadoah River about our organizations and about our upcoming events. Ours being the Belgravia Beer and Wine Festival, which has pre-sale tickets available at http://www.earthkorps.org.

We did a clean the other day and probably found the coolest thing that I have ever found in the river, it is called a Ganesha and is the Hindu symbol for good luck. It is actually hindu god of good luck and health and prosperity and all of those things that everyone always hopes they end up with at the end of the day. I thought that was a pretty neat one. Our clean yielded quite a few tires and a large metal canister of some sort. We only had one boat with us, but we filled that boat to the brim, and it was sketchy to say the least of the float back. I hope you enjoy it because we went through a lot on this load. Until next time, thanks to everyone who supports Earth Korps and our mission to clean the Shenandoah River watershed.

-Captain

River Clean 7/16/12

 

Hey folks,

W went out for another small clean the other day and had a great time doing it. We removed some huge tires that were buried down deep in the bank and about tok it all out of us to get out. We also found a big barrel and a sweet little raft someone must have popped and left behind. Not one of our bigger cleans but definitely fun and memorable. We had a nice little run in with a snake while we were at it too, and we got to take our mascot dee dee the dog out for her first river clean. She’s a natural.

-Captain

 

Hey folks,

We had another great river clean today. We found about 13 tires for Friday the 13th including one large tractor tire. We also found an old air compressor and some other scrap metal. Our weight ended up being 500 pounds and we’ve got plenty more of that coming for you soon. Enjot our pictures.

-Captain

 

Hey folks,

Been very busy lately and had a heck on a clean-up last week. This power outage as of late has put me a bit behind but we’re all caught up now and have some great pictures of our clean from Tuesday.  We ended up having a total of 2,000 pounds pulled out including 14 tires, 1,300 pounds of metal and 700 pounds of trash. We even gt our first ever lawn intact lawn mower out of the river and let me assure you that is was no easy task. We will be back soon with more river trash pulled out and more stories of craziness found in the waters of the Shenandoah. Enjoy our pictures!

-Captain

Clean-up 5/25/12

Hey folks,

We joined the friends of the north fork on Friday with a group of volunteer from Rugby Square Apts. and New Market North Apts. for a clean on the North fork. The grass gets so over grown this time of year that it’s hard to find ways in and out of the river but we managed to find a good spot and even did a little bit of highway pick-up as well. We will be going back out friday and are going to do a float and clean. Anyone interested in joining please e-mail earthkorps@yahoo.com and we’ll let you know how to get there and what time.  Enjoy our pics

-Captain

5/11/2012 River Clean

Hey folks,

We found a great spot on the river and by great it’s not the traditional great because it’s flu of litter but it’s great for us because we’ll be able to have lots of volunteers out and show you lots of great pictures. We did a fun clean today though and found some huge tires and a bunch of pieces of sharp metal that would be sure to cut someones leg off had they gotten caught on them. So you’re welcome future lieutenant Dans. As always please enjoy our pictures and stay posted I’ve got some info for a great event next weekend for you all. Mark your calendars for May 19th because we will be celebrating Murray’s Fly Shops 50th anniversary with great food from Sals italtian bistro and great music from the Shakedown Band.

-Captain

400 more from the river!

 

Well folks our little canoe trip weighed in at another 400 pounds. I haven’t done the math yet but that very well may have put us over the 50,000 pound mark. If not, we’re darn close. Keep posted for more Shenandoah River clean-up news. Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the Shenandoah Riverside Festival.  Come on out and see Rhonda Vincent and Iron Horse with us. The final line-up and band schedule is posted on the home page as well.

We will be doing another river clean sometime this weekend. If my memory serves me correct I believe that Friends of the North Fork are doing doing one of their annual clean-ups this weekend so lets get lots of folks out to give them a hand. More details to be posted soon. I believe this will be a Saturday clean.

-Captain

Hey folks,

Well we finally got ourselves some good weather and had a chance to get out there on the river and do something. It was only a few of us but we got a whole lot done. We will plan another clean very soon so stay posted and remember to continue to support your local non-profit and spread the word about the things that are happening. We will have the weights in the next few days. Stay Tuned! As always enjoy our pictures. Also early bird tickets are running out for the Shenandoah Riverside Festival. Get your tickets and help Earth Korps help you by continuing our work on the water.

-Captain

 

 

March Newsletter

Hey folks,

Lots of big things going on here in Earth Korps land. First and foremost we are knee deep in blue grass and are gearing up for our annual fundraiser the Shenandoah Riverside Festival. We are featuring artists such as Rhonda Vincent, Iron Horse, Allen Thompson, Dry Mill Road, Circa Blue, Lonesome Highway, and many more. Please see www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com for more details. There are only 499 early bird discounted tickets for sale and they are going fast so please get your ahead of time because we’re warning you now, there aren’t many left.

Also we are getting ready to kick-off clean-up season because our weather has been so nice lately. Our first clean will be this Sunday March 25th at 9:00 A.M. at Burnshire dam in Woodstock. We are taking out a group of Centrals finest for our first clean and it should be a good time.

We are also in the process of now seeking sponsors for the overhead on our festival to offset cost. Sponsor names will be featured on both www.earthkorps.org and www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com and will also be on any banners or things we have at the show.

We still have spots left for a few more environmental non-profits to attend free of charge and spread the word about their cause at the festival. Please e-mail earthkorps@yahoo.com for more information

We still have food vending spots available and info for those can be reached by sending an e-mail to mike@waternmelonpark.com

We still have craft vending spot available and info for those can be reached by e-mail at casey.bergey@yahoo.com

We look forward to seeing all of you out on the river this year and remember that if you want your company to be featured during one of our river cleans or road cleans to send your interest in an e-mail to earthkorps@yahoo.com

Thanks to everyone who supports the Shenandoah River clean-up project.

Your Litter Hits Close to Home
February Edition: What’s Happening in Trash?

Cleanup Time

Site Leader Trainings Scheduled:

Volunteers work to roll a large metal ring out of the river. Hard Bargain Farm, 2006

Wednesday February 29th at 5:30 pm in Washington, DC

Saturday March 3rd at 11:00 am in Accokeek, MD

Saturday March 10th at 10:30 am in Fairfax, VA

Register your sites now for the 24th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup.  Please follow the instructions provided here, or emailpotomaccleanup@fergusonfoundation.org with any questions.

Last call for Sponsors to appear on the cleanup bag!

If you are interested in sponsoring the cleanup and having your name printed on over 30,000 cleanup bags distributed throughout the watershed, please emaildevelopment@fergusonfoundation.org by Friday, February 3.

Get Started Early:

The Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA will be conducting a stream cleanup of Bull Run on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.  For more information, visit www.potomaccleanup.org.

Policy News

Reusable Bags

Support the Maryland and Prince George’s County Bag Bill and Help Reduce Litter at Its Source!
 
Make a Video!  Since we cannot get all of the supporters to testify at the hearings, we are currently compiling videos of testimonies of citizens, small business owners, children etc., about why they would like to see fewer plastic bags blowing in their neighborhoods and clogging their local streams.  Find out how to get involved with the projects here.
Sign this petition!  Urge the state General Assembly to give the County the ability to pass a bag fee.  This petition is only for Prince George’s County residents, so stay tuned for petition and news about the Maryland Bag Bill.

Second Annual Litter Enforcement Month

Police Departments & Sheriffs Offices of the Potomac Watershed: Do you want to be recognized as an active participant in the prevention of litter and illegal dumping? Registration for Litter & Illegal Dumping Enforcement Month April 1st – April 30th, 2012is now open.

If you are Interested in participating in Litter Enforcement Month, send an email to Ashlea Smith at asmith@fergusonfoundation.org 

“Littering and Illegal Dumping are crimes that affect community pride, safety, and well-being. We are glad to participate in Litter Enforcement Month and will focus on education both our officers and the people we serve about the environmental and social impacts of litter.” – Commander Russell Hamil, Montogomery County Police Dept., 2011

Have an Event or News to Share?

If you would like to have your cleanup or other trash event to appear in this newsletter and/or website, please contactpotomaccleanup@fergusonfoundation.org

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