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American Legion Bridge Area Cleanup

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you want to come to a cleanup and actually do some work and not just be hunting for random cigarette butts? Come join us at this site, on the Maryland side of the Potomac River’s two Beltway overpasses. Because of the thousands of vehicles that cross the Potomac each day, this is the site that keeps on giving for those of you who want to really make a difference. Over the years we’ve collected camper shells, plastic tool sheds, fiberglass batts, ladders, etc. You name it — whatever gets blown or thrown from a passing vehicle will be found on these slopes, waiting for you to pick it up. I’ve been told by those entities (NPS and Canal Association) that help with trash removal that volunteers at this site have consistently collected the most trash in at least a 20-mile stretch of towpath/river. You’ll definitely feel that you’ve made a difference when we finish up here. We will meet at the parking lot at Lock 10, then walk approximately 1/2 mile upstream to the Bridge. Bags and refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own heavy-duty gloves (forget plastic disposable gloves unless you’re planning on slicing meat onsite). Wear closed-toe shoes. This is a beautiful location, especially in the spring when the bluebells come out. We’ll be working from the towpath down to the river…and you’ll have the opportunity to see up close what you’ve probably driven over a zillion times. Soak in the sights, because some of them will be gone soon with the planned Beltway expansion. Be prepared for the noise. SSL hours will be awarded for middle and high school students who participate (bring forms with you). For parents of children in middle or high school — if your kid can’t get to and from the site independently, you must commit to volunteer with them. Because all areas along the Maryland side of the Potomac River between the shore and the towpath are part of the C and O Canal National Historical Park, all volunteers must print out, fill out, and bring with them this volunteer service agreement which can be found at the following address: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/OF301A-21.pdf?forceDownload=1 If you’re confused by the VSA form, reach out to me and I’ll send you information on what needs to be filled out. Check back here the day before/morning of the cleanup because if it’s raining hard on cleanup day this event will be postponed. Feel free to email or text me to confirm. UPDATE, APRIL 5, 6:51 PM: ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR 4/6!


April 6
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


American Legion Bridge/Maryland Side
Bethesda, MD 20817 United States + Google Map

    Event Details

  • County: Montgomery
  • Site Type: River
  • Who should participants contact for questions?: Beth Rogers
  • Notes: Park at Lock 10, then walk up the towpath (west) about a half-mile to the American Legion Bridge. Please don't do a dump-and-run with your kids; anyone who can't find their way back home under their own steam should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Site Leader Phone/Email: bethmrogers@earthlink.net/301-633-1012
  • Directions: 38°59'22.1"N 77°08'13.2"W These are the rough coordinates. If coming from Virginia on the Beltway, take the Clara Barton exit heading into town and the parking lot for Lock 10 will be on your right. If coming from the east to the site you will need to take the Clara Barton Parkway heading west and go past (under) the Beltway, then loop back using the Carderock exit to hit the parking lot upon your return. The lot can be only reached (legally) from one direction. There is a cut-through for emergency vehicles if you're feeling bold.
  • Maximum Volunteers: 25