Looking to get into your waders this spring-like weekend — and go fishing for trash and pollutants in Chesapeake Bay rivers?

I thought so. Several local organizations are hosting cleanup events this weekend that offer you just the chance to kick off a series of such opportunities through the month of Earth Day. (Earth Day itself is celebrated on April 22.)

The annual cleanup along the Anacostia River taking place this Saturday has drawn thousands to their local stretch of this waterway in past years. There are approximately twenty sites around the Anacostia watershed in Washington DC, and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland where cleanups start at 9 a.m. and last until noon.

Supplies, tools and gloves will be provided for volunteers, who are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes that can be muddy (and, presumably, won’t slip off in the mud). 

The Anacostia Watershed Society will host a celebration after the cleanup at the RFK Stadium Parking Lot No. 7 until 2 p.m.

Volunteers looking to get their feet wet can meet at the River Terrace Park (near the intersection of Benning Rd. NE and Anacostia Ave NE) to begin the cleanup. Volunteers will also gather at Fort Dupant Park SE and meet at the parking lot next to the amphitheater. More information about how to RSVP is available here and here

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is also coordinating dozens of clean up events throughout the watershed and partnering with local organizations through its annual Proejct Clean Stream. Find a location near you by visiting  http://cleanstream.allianceforthebay.org/.

A project from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday will help clean up a former dumpsite near the headwaters of the South River in Maryland. Volunteers will be picking up trash with provided gloves and bags at Mt. Tabor Glenn in Gambrilis and can meet on Bellingham Lane. Email Jennifer@southriverfederation.net.