Category: Food For Thought



I’ve got some great news. The 2012 Riverside Festival is underway and we are expecting quite a turnout. We have been working very hard with the people at Watermelon Park to ensure that this year is something else. We have also decided to open up the fundraiser and let any non-profit that is representing the environment be welcome to set up a booth at the festival to preach on their cause. We want the riverside festival to be huge and why not get  as much educational material out there as possible. So if you are involved with an environmental nonprofit or know someone who is please e-mail your interest to and we’ll get you set up. Also I suppose I should release a few of our bands to you. We have so far the legendary….

Rhonda Vincent


Drifitn’ Westward


Acoustic Burgoo

Allen Thompson Band

Jake and The Burtones


The Shakedown

Steal the Prize

That should be enough of a teaser for right now. The pictures are linked to the bands websites. Check em out and get ready because tickets go on sale March 1st. Tell all your friends, tell all your non-profits


Hello All,

This is our first attempt at an official news letter. No worries were still the same small town company you know and love haha. We have some interesting things going on here lately and I would also like to follow up on some past projects you may be wondering about.

Mono Bins

Remember our mono bin project that we started a few months ago, well it’s still in the works we are waiting on a day to mesh schedules with D.I.G.F. to go out and install these bins around the North Fork. Hopefully we will have that coming to you soon. Also our Adopt a Stream signs that we ordered 8 months ago still have not come in. No we didn’t un-adopt the river, it’s just a long process making signs to put everywhere. I’m hopeful that project will also be able to be completed before the warm weather season hits and we get back to cleaning. On that we would like to go ahead a pre thank V.D.O.T. for donating sign posts and the man power to put these guys up for us. Thanks guys!


Adopt a Stream

We have a few grants out right now as you might remember, so keep your fingers crossed on those.

Also we are hoping by tomorrow to know whether we have the legendary Watermelon Park as our new venue for Riverfest 2012. Trust me folks you are not going to want to miss this year. We will be doubling what we normally provide for you if everything works out. I would like to personally thank Mr. Mike Capanelli the parks GM for all his help and cooperation in this matter. If you ever get to meet this man give him a slap on the back for me. He has done tremendous things for us, both festival related and other.

If I’m not mistaken Earth Korps will be lecturing about community involvement at Central Highschool later in the month. I’m sure there will be excellent stories to tell about that.

Also we are still trying to get that volunteer list up folks. This is not so wee can send you a bunch of junk mail. We need to show a strong volunteer base to increase the over all substanciability  of Earth Korps. It will also make our cleans much easier to announce to everyone in the summer. So even if you only plan on helping one time this summer send your e-mail address to

I’m sure I’ve forgotten quite a few things but beyond that I would like to thank our team and our board and everyone who supports cleaner water and promotes better life in Shenandoah and the surrounding counties. It would not be possible without any of you. I thank you and so does your river and it’s inhabitants.


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 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 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

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 

“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

Hey folks,

I figured as we get further into this festival planning thing I’d go ahead and let you listen to the submissions I’m getting and decide who you really want to hear this year. I’ve gotten quite a few already and I’ll post a new one every few days. Without further adue here is the Luke Johnson Band. If you love their music then drop us an opinion on facebook about it.


P.S. We have just gotten word of an incredible grant opportunity that the winner gets voted on by the public so get ready to do your part for the river. All I need is a vote from each and every one of you.

Hey Folks,

Hope every one is making the most out of the last bit of beautiful weather we’ve had here lately. We’ve been very busy trying to secure a new venue for Riverfest 2012 and also doing some other fun things. Have you ever seen a decomposition chart. It’s amazing how long it takes for something to decompose compared to the amount of time it would take to just throw it away properly in the first place. We’ve got a brand new section on the website devoted to that. It’s actually on the trash removal page underneath of “Programs” on Earth Korps’ website. Here’s a link

Also I’ve been getting quite a few submissions for the river fest already. I will get back to all of you as time goes on, but I want to have an accurate amount of time to listen to each band and also give other bands a chance to be heard without doing a first come fisrt serve basis. I will send an initial e-mail to each of you stating that I have gotten your links or expressd interest and will probably not make final decisions untill late March or early April. Thanks for all the support from both ends of the environmental support and the musical support for our fundraiser. Lets make this thing huge



Hey folks,

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and as the year draws to a close we thought that we’d go back and take a look at all of the crazy things that we got ourselves into during this year. It seems like we just get busier and busier the further we go along. This year we obviously were in up to our eyeballs in river trash but we also adopted 30 miles of the Shenandoah River, 3 miles of highway, started an entirely new part to the organization with the mono-filament project, made some great new partners and sponsors, put several new kids through community service projects, broke our own record of amount of trash puled from the river, added 3 new members to the Earth Korps family and even brought some of the greatest bands from near and far together to put on a heck of a show for our fans. 2011 I hope you feel that we were good to you because you were certainly good to us. Also and most importantly we’d like to again thank anyone and everyone who supports what we do be it in monetary contribution, lending us the things we need to get the job done, lending us your backs, or just for patting us on the back. The people are what makes this thing work and I’d like to thank you all sincerely. That being said, please enjoy a few pictures here as we recap just some of the things we have done this year.


Well folks,

I finally caught up with the good people at Magazine 33 and they sent me a copy of their issue featuring The Shenandoah Riverside Festival this past year. It is an awesome article and they got some really awesome pictures. Check it out and tell us what you think! Tell everyone you know!

Heres the link


Hey everyone,

Sorry for the delay. We have had a very busy week. First we participated in the metro areas GIVE TO THE MAX DAY which was awesome and allowed us to raise about another $100 towards the cause of cleaning up the Shenandoah River. Thank you to everyone who donated their time and eyes to read about what we’re doing and thanks to everyone who donated and continued to show support for what we do.

Also, I was able to get materials donated for us to put up 3 monofilament recycling stations along the North Fork. For those of you who do not know what monofilament is, it is a fancy word for fishing line. So now at certain high traffic fishing areas you will see these tubes for folks to put their old fishing line in so that we don’t have to be tangling up animals unnecessarily. We hope to have this project underway and these bins being installed in a matter of a few weeks. ( by we, I mean Earth Korps Inc and Friends of the North Fork.

By the way we’d like to give a big thank you to C.E. Thompson and Sons Inc in Edinburg for donating the materials for this project. We appreciate your support and hope to continue working together toward cleaning up our town and our watershed.

Keep your eyes posted for upcoming events and river/road cleans. P.S. we won’t be doing a whole lot of river cleaning during hunting season. You understand right!!



Hey everyone,

Just had this awesome opportunity fly by our desk here at e.k. headquarters. Apparently Nov 9th there is a huge competition for non-profits in our local area and the D.C. area in which foks are asked to donate to their favorite non-profit, even if it’s only a dollar. The goal is to get as many people as we can behind any particular project ( THE SHENANDOAH RIVER CLEAN-UP PROJECT) and the non-profitwith the most going on will win 150,000 dollars towards their project. I don’t know if you all know what this means, but we can get a lot and I mean a lot of trash out the the Shenandoah with that kind of funding. So please, if you have been waiting for that special time to show your support, make it now and I’ll show you all what kind of a huge difference we can really make in this valley.

Here is a link for more details on the competition. By all means check it out.


Hey folks,

Well I finally did it. I accidentally double scheduled myself to be in two places at once. We have a clean-up with Friends of the North Fork on Sat the 15th and low and behold I also signed us up to be at Family Fun Day at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds at the same time. This normally would not be a problem to accomplish, but the other part of our organization is going to be out of town. That leaves us with the dilemma. So I am asking our generous public if anyone would like to volunteer to hang out with a bunch of smiling faces of children for Earth Korps for one afternoon at the family fun day and let kids play games at our stand and shoot the breeze with the adults about what E.K. does. If interested please e-mail ASAP.

Thanks alot, -Captain

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