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Volunteers Shed Light On Anacostia Watershed

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Photo by Casey Fair.

HYATTSVILLE, Md.– Volunteers gathered to help the Anacostia Watershed Society and Prince George’s County Young Democrats with a community cleanup in Hyattsville on Saturday morning.

The participants walked south of Ager and Jamestown Roads from 9 a.m. to noon picking up trash and recyclables that would have eventually made their way into the Anacostia River.

Anacostia Watershed Society’s environmental educator, Aroni Johnson, explained the litter’s path to the Anacostia River on the Anacostia Watershed map before everyone donned their gloves and grabbed their trash bags. 

“I’d like to make this sort of a quarterly thing in and around Hyattsville and have a day of service,” said Hyattsville councilmember, Danny Schaible, who brought along his daughter. “You can sit at desks and talk about stuff all the time, but to really reinvigorate yourself and get inspired I think you need to get out and do stuff.”

The group of roughly 25 volunteers filled countless bags with trash and recyclables for the organizers to properly dispose of at the end of the event.

Six-year-old Angelique of West Hyattsville, said the grossest thing she found was a dirty food container, the contents of which remained– gratefully– a mystery.

Among the other objects found apart from the expected bottles and cans were multiple bicycles.

For more information about the 2019 Hyattsville Community Cleanup and future events, contact Emily Castelli at ecastelli2@anacostiaws.org or call 301-699-6204 x103.

Check out more photos from the event below.

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