Rock Creek cleanup set for April 22

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Volunteers work in Glover Archbold Park during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. (Brian Kapur/Current file photo)

The Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup will take place this Saturday, April 22, with volunteers removing trash at more than 75 locations along Rock Creek’s 33 miles.

In its eight previous years, the cleanup has removed more than 16,000 bags worth of trash, 950 tires and 38,000 plastic bags from Rock Creek and its associated tributaries and parks, according to a release from Rock Creek Conservancy, which helps organize the annual event.

“We hope to see a big turnout this year and encourage anyone — from companies and organizations to families and students — to join us on this day of work in the Rock Creek watershed,” conservancy director Matthew Fleischer said in the release.

The conservancy’s cleanup is part of the broader Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, organized by the Alice Ferguson Foundation in four states along with the District. Additional partners include the National Park Service and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

As of last week, the Rock Creek Conservancy was still seeking volunteers for several cleanup sites, including Broad Branch, Pinehurst Branch, Soapstone Valley, and around Wisconsin Avenue and Fessenden Street NW. More information is available at tinyurl.com/rcpcleanup.