Next Cleanup is Sat April 5th, 2014
We’ve been cleaning up the roadway along the Shenandoah and Potomac river banks since at least 2005. We originally started along Rt 340 between the bridges near Potoma Wayside, and would help out on the C&O canal in Sandy Hook for a couple years. Then for 3 years we would all meet at the Bakerton tunnel river put-in area and clean up that spot. It was a very big mess and the first year we used a bobcat, a tractor, 2 full dump truck loads and about 30 volunteers. We cleaned up there for 3 years until it was purchased by a local outfitter. They keep the are clean now. We also used to cleanup under the Rt 340 Shenandoah bridge in Harpers Ferry Park but we leave that to the Park Service and their volunteers now. Since 2010 we have adopted the section of Bloomery Road from the Millville put-in to the dam, approx. 2 miles of river frontage. We cleanup 2-3 times there each year and it has greatly improved since our first time there. In 2011, some of us also started cleaning up on Rt 340 between the bridges – this is a dangerous and difficult cleanup as the hill is very steep and treacherous and there is a lot of fast moving traffic on the road, and lots of trash. There are also other folks cleaning up other spots with us (Lost Rapid put-in on the Shenandoah, etc.). We did not keep records before 2011, but generally it was about 1-2 dump truck loads per year. Since 2011 we bag it and the WV highway department or Park service pick it up. Scroll to the bottom of this page for info on the next cleanup. Please mark your calendar and come join us!!
119 Bags of trash
2 very full dump-truck loads
25+ tires & other junk…
4 sites on 3 separate dates
108 Bags of trash
8 tires & assorted junk…
3 sites on 2 dates
Getting ready for the races! We snuck in another cleanup on Sat 6/8/13. This was along the gravel access road next to Bloomery Rd across from River & Trail put-in. This area will be used for parking for the river racers. We did not know what a big mess it was until this week. We had 12 volunteers and 2 FULL dump truck loads (and LOTS of mud!).
Some of the crews from Sat April 6th 2013
In association with the Mason Dixon Canoe Club, the 24th Annual Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the WV Dept of Highways, friends & volunteers of the HFOF (and anyone else who wants to help) will be cleaning up 3 sites along the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers this year.
Date: Sat April 5th, 2014
rain or shine
Location: We will be working 3 sites along the rivers and highways this year:
- In WV along Rt 340 between the Shenandoah and Potomac bridges. Meet at the Shenandoah River bridge parking lot (B2B putin – map).
- In WV along Millville Road below the dam toward Millville (about 1.5 miles). Meet at the park just below the dam (Alleghany Power, Shenandoah River- map).
- In MD, The Mason Dixon Canoe Club and volunteers are working the C&O Canal near Sandy Hook. Meet at Cindy Dees plarking lot (map).
The National Park Service is also cleaning up 2 sites:
- Meet at the Harpers Ferry train station, or
- Potoma Wayside – Meet at Intersection of 671 and 340 - Please park in open lot adjacent to Tri-State Exxon.
There are over 350 cleanup sites in the Potomac River Watershed – Find sites in other areas
Bags, Gloves, and Vests will be provided. Please bring extra work gloves if you have them as we may run out (yours are probably better than ours anyway). Long pants and boots are recommended. Also bring some water and a snack.
Safety: Please note that in WV due to the proximity to the highways, children under 12 are not permitted to participate in first 2 cleanups listed above (this is a WV rule). If you want to bring kids or dogs, please consider the C&O canal (meet at Cindy Dees) or the National Park (meet at train station).
All participants will be required to sign waivers prior to start of work. Please view the Safety Video produced by the WV DEP. It’s about 10 minutes long and is followed by a 2nd video on identifying Meth Lab dumps.
Waiver: We will have waivers for anyone working on NPS property. Its here if you want to complete it ahead of time NPS WAIVER. Thanks!
More info about the Potomac watershed cleanup is here: Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. (Our cleanup site is listed under Jefferson Co, WV. The C&O site is listed under Washington Co, MD.)
Some photos from the past cleanups at the Bakerton tunnel and C&O canal are here:
More Pictures (by Lisa)
Still More Pictures (by Vitas)