Trash-Free Potomac Campaign Launch


Raising Awareness about Plastic Pollution in the River

Washington, D.C.August 25 – Potomac Riverkeeper Network today announced the Trash-Free Potomac Campaign to inform everyone in the Washington area about trash and plastic pollution in the Potomac River, so that they can better appreciate the seriousness of the problem and what needs to be done to solve it. 

Dean Naujoks, Potomac Riverkeeper, said, “Trash and plastic pollution have long been a problem in rivers. We created this campaign to raise awareness and bring the issue close to home. Single-use plastics are so prevalent in our lives that we may not realize how they affect the environment.” 

This campaign includes information about sources of plastic pollution, the harmful effects of pollution, and ways to fight against plastic pollution. Additionally, there is information about current laws and introduced legislation on the local, state, and federal levels. 

The major goal of this campaign is to engage the community in our efforts to make the Potomac River trash-free. We are hosting monthly river cleanups at the Alexandria waterfront and National Harbor. Additionally, people can be involved on an individual level through the Water Reporter app, which enables users to submit photos of trash pollution in their communities and tag the location to alert others about trash hotspots. Submissions from the community will populate the interactive map on the Trash-Free Potomac webpage.

Naujoks concluded, “The Potomac River is a precious resource to our region, supplying drinking water to six million people and opportunities to paddle, swim, and fish to countless more.  We cannot ignore the devastating and long term impact of trash generated by single-use plastic.  We’re eager to be among the first to take on this challenge and we’re eager to involve the members of our community.”


About Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with three regional Waterkeeper branches: Potomac Riverkeeper, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, and Shenandoah Riverkeeper. Our mission is to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams. We stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment.