Project Clean Stream

Where Trash Hides

During cleanup events, there is usually a plethora of visual litter that is quite easy to collect. However, at second glance, you can discover just how much trash is camouflaged within the environment!

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We Collected Over 1200 Pounds of Trash in One Weekend!

The Alliance kicked off our 21st Project Clean Stream season this past weekend! Collectively, we gather over 1200 pounds of trash throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join me in celebrating the four community events we hosted.

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Kicking Off the 21st Season of Project Clean Stream

As I thought about the spring season, I wanted to celebrate the 21-year history of engaging local communities. So I rallied four site captains, one from each of our office locations, and challenged them to create a kick-off event that would encourage collective effort in removing trash from local communities.

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100,000 Pounds of Trash Picked Up This Project Clean Stream Season

Of the 69 events we hosted, 39 got back to us with their results. Based on the results submitted by our site captains, we removed roughly 68,834 pounds of trash from entering our waterway with the help of 1,095 volunteers. With that being said of the 30 events of results that weren’t recorded- we can estimate that over 100,000 pounds of trash were removed this PCS season. That’s almost twice as much as last year!

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Building Bonds Through Project Clean Stream

This spring will be my last time coordinating Project Clean Stream as I take on new responsibilities in our communications department. I wish it were possible to shake the hand of each of the volunteers and site captains and tell them how they helped form my own sense of community.  My time has with them has shown me the importance of getting your loved ones,  your community, and even strangers to form lasting relationships by, of all things,  picking up trash.

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A Day on the Cape – A Community Leading the Way for a Restored Bay

On Saturday, I told my husband that I was going to visit the center of the universe, and he knew exactly where I meant – the Cape St. Claire Community near Annapolis, MD.  If you live in Annapolis, you likely know that there is always 6-degrees of separation to the Cape. While this might be …

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50 Stories: 17 Years of Project Clean Stream

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hosts an annual watershed-wide cleanup initiative called Project Clean Stream.  Project Clean Stream (PCS) is a favorite among staff because of its hands-on efforts and the community’s connection with their local lands and waterways. Not only are volunteers preventing trash from entering waterways, but they are also learning the …

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America Recycles Day Reminds Us to Reduce & Reuse First

There is increasing general awareness that plastics cause problems. We see them clogging our waterways, swirling around in the ocean, and even entering digestive systems of humans and other animals. We are told to recycle, that recycling eliminates the problem, and once a piece of plastic leaves our hand and falls into the recycling bin, …

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Celebrating Carol Newill, A Project Clean Stream Champion

While Project Clean Stream (PCS) is rescheduled for the fall , that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating our past accomplishments and planning ahead for future events. We thought this would be the perfect time to recognize our incredible volunteers,especially those that lead Project Clean Stream events year after year. One name that kept appearing when …

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An Act of Faith on the Anacostia River

On a beautiful and sunny Saturday morning, a group of 45 volunteers gathered on a foot bridge spanning the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Members of the group EcoSikh had met, passing around trash bags and gloves, to collect trash from Heritage and Kingman Islands as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream initiative. Before …

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