River Cleanup VolunteersRiver Clean Ups at National Harbor

We ask you to sign petitions and write to legislators, but sometimes, we ask you to get your feet wet and your hands dirty. Help Us Keep the Potomac Trash-Free, Join us at National Harbor!

PRKN is participating in the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 31st annual Potomac River Watershed CleanUp Initiative. These events are basic to our mission of enhancing public use and enjoyment of local rivers. National Harbor is a fantastic PRKN supporter, so we are thrilled to give back to this community asset.

Clean-ups will be held every second Saturday of the month from April to September at the Carousel at National Harbor (not far from the Capital Wheel, GPS Coordinates are 38.7862097, -77.0164488). All volunteers will receive vouchers for complimentary parking in any of the National Harbor Garages or Carousel Lot (excluding the Gaylord Hotel and street meters), courtesy of our friends at National Harbor.

Please join Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks and PRKN Outreach Coordinator Annie Bronez for a fun and productive morning on the beautiful Potomac. Gloves and bags will be provided. Participants should bring drinking water and wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty. Volunteers must complete a safety waiver and we encourage folks to do this in advance. Waivers can be downloaded here. Sign in starts at 8:30 am.

Volunteers should register in advance by using the links below. Questions or concerns can be directed to Annie Bronez at volunteer@prknetwork.org

Clean Up Schedule:


Water Quality Testing VolunteerBe a Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer!

Potomac Riverkeeper Network is excited to launch our first water quality monitoring program on the Potomac river this spring! With funding from the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), we are partnering with Anacostia Riverkeeper, Audubon Naturalist Society, Rock Creek Conservancy, and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to routinely test multiple sites for E. coli levels. This type of bacteria serves as a water quality parameter for human health in recreational waters. Bacterial data will be made available to the public through the free smartphone app, SwimGuide. This will help river users stay informed about when it’s safe to be on the river by indicating if bacteria levels from sewage or stormwater are high enough to threaten public health. This monitoring initiative is one step towards our ultimate goal of making the river swimmable for all to use and enjoy!

Monitoring runs from the first week of May 2019 to mid-September 2019. Testing takes place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Samples will be analyzed and the data uploaded by Friday evening, just in time for weekend recreation.

Anyone over 18 and minors accompanied by a parent can volunteer as a water quality monitor. Volunteers must attend a half-day training session and successfully pass a quality assurance exam in order to be certified.

The next available training is:

April 10, 2019 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

We are working to secure an additional training session in May.

Monitoring is a critical step in protecting public health and requires as team effort! Please join Potomac Riverkeeper Network and our partners in helping to protect our community’s rivers.