American Rivers Launches National River Cleanup 2009

River cleanups offer volunteer opportunities across the country – Boulder Canyon is a new sponsor!

Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization, today announced the kickoff of its 2009 National River Cleanup season. Since 1992, hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country have participated to clean up thousands of tons of trash on America’s rivers and streams.

Last year American Rivers sponsored the most successful National River Cleanup yet with more than 300,000 volunteers removing more than 2,400 tons of trash from our rivers. This year, through a revamped web site, new sponsorships and increased local outreach, American Rivers plans to make the 2009 National River Cleanups the most successful to date.

Volunteers can find their closest river cleanup, information on how to organize a new river cleanup and frequently asked questions and answers at www.AmericanRivers.org/Cleanup.

“People of all ages can volunteer for a cleanup for an hour or a day to help clean the river they live on or care about,” said Rebecca Wodder, president of American Rivers. “At a time when more and more Americans are looking for opportunities to volunteer and serve their communities, this is a great way to make an impact,” continued Wodder.

With corporate partners like Tom’s of Maine, Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, Subaru and Green Mountain Coffee, even more people across the country are aware of this great opportunity to make a difference for their local rivers.

American Rivers is the leading national organization standing up for healthy rivers so communities can thrive. American Rivers protects and restores America’s rivers for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions. Visit www.AmericanRivers.org

Heather Hamilton, American Rivers, 202.347.7550 X 3056
Caitlin Jennings, American Rivers, 202.347.7550 X 3100