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Potomac River Shoreline Cleanup Resources

Calling all Trash Avengers, Pollution Picker-uppers, Shoreline Savers, and Cleanup Contractors! As the weather warms and spring rains descend, the Potomac River shoreline will increase in biodiversity and activity as all of the hibernators wake up and migrators return. However, that activity also includes an increase in man-made biohazards and waste washing onto the banks as the Potomac carries it towards the Bay.

While this sight alone is grieving to the eye, beneath the visible pollution lies dangerous impacts on the local environment. I was raised to clean up after myself when I make a mess. Like it or not, admit it or avoid it, this is OUR MESS! The good news is, you are not alone in your efforts to clean up the river. Together, we can make sure we leave 'no trace' and work to improve our impact so we can be positive contributors to the watershed.


Whether you cleanup regularly, are doing it for the first time, or fall somewhere in-between, we've compiled a list of resources and educational materials to help you step up your game.

Why Should I Cleanup the River?


It's a good question and one that local scientists have explored in detail. There are many different parts of the watershed that can be affected due to pollution.


Learn about TDMLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads)

  • Learn about the TDML policy for all waterways (Pollution Tolerance Level)

  • Learn about how the TDML Policy for your area influences the watershed care plan. Check out how D.C. has used its TDML policy to create a