River Cleanups

28th Annual Potomac River Cleanup at Chapel Point

We had a great day on Saturday, April 16, at Chapel Point State Park. PTRC volunteers collected 26 bags of recyclables, 24 bags of trash, and an artificial Christmas tree. A very pleasant Charles County employee with a brand new white trash truck took it all away. A bald eagle kept an eye on us from the treetops.

We also collected 26 tires and a rusty piece of rebar, which the County will collect separately.

We appreciate the hard work of all our individual volunteers and the groups that came out, including the McDonough High School Environmental Club and Bass Fishing Club, Boy Scout Troop 424, La Plata High School Key Club, and Waldorf Target. Thanks everyone!

November Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park

PTRC volunteers, including participants in New Life Wesleyan Methodist Church of La Plata Serve Week, enjoyed a beautiful morning on the Port Tobacco River and collected more that 40 bags of trash. The cleanup took place at Chapel Point State Park, the only public access point on the River. The Park is very popular for fishing, kayaking, swimming and boating. Trash on the beach and in the water interferes with public enjoyment of this beautiful site and poses an entanglement hazard for wildlife.

Photos courtesy of PTRC member Paula Schiller, Southern Maryland Waterscape.

April 2014 Potomac River Cleanup

Volunteers at Port Tobacco River Cleanup

On Saturday, April 5, more than 45 PTRC members, SMECO and Starbucks employees, members of Boy Scout Troop 424, and interested friends, helped clean up Chapel Point State Park on the Port Tobacco River. Volunteers cleaned up the beach, parking area, wood line, farm road, and kayak/paddle-in areas of the park. Despite the high tide and windy conditions, volunteers were able to collect more than 80 bags of recyclable materials and trash—the most interesting items were a broken beach chair and fishing pole, socks, flip flops, and an inflatable boating raft. Thanks to Starbucks for providing coffee and pastries for the volunteers.