Oceana and Anacostia Watershed Society organized the clean-up. Four friends of Care2 — Clint, Jocelyn, Ashley, and Ned — joined the groups. According to Clint, they got dirty, sweaty and smelly, but felt great about being able to help support World Oceans Day.
Eric Bilski, an attorney from Oceana’s office of General Counsel, can usually be found enforcing laws against pollution and over-fishing, but on this hot and buggy day he was picking up plastic bottles, styrofoam containers and many other kinds of garbage to prevent it from flowing down the river into the sea.
Many other volunteers were Oceana staff, including the Vice President of Marketing, Matt Littlejohn, as well as several of Oceana’s scientists and attorneys.
One of Oceana’s scientists brought her kayak and ventured out on the river to pick up floating trash. She came back with an entire garbage bag full.
One tall young volunteer, Michael, was a recent college grad who is currently busy job-searching. Why did he spare the time to clean up the riverbank? “I’m just in love with the ocean,” he said.
The Anacostia River flows into the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean, so their efforts were incredibly helpful to ocean health. Thanks to all who participated in this event!
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Image: Volunteers who helped clean up the Anacostia River for World Oceans Day. Event organized by Anacostia Watershed Society and Oceana.