Despite Rain, Nearly 300 Volunteers Participate in River Sweep



Volunteers from the Susquehanna Hose Company and TRT swift water team remove trash and debris during Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway’s River Sweep on April 22. (Photo by Bill Reeder)


Television, bicycles, tires, trash can, barrels among items found during annual clean-up


On a rainy April 22 morning, nearly 300 volunteers removed trash and debris from area waterways and roads as part of the 17th Annual River Sweep .

Organized by Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, River Sweep is a yearly  volunteer shoreline and roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day and takes place in Conowingo, Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and on Garrett Island.

Among the trash and debris collected were a television, bicycles, tires, trash can, large piece of Styrofoam, plastic buckets, barrels, trash drum and more.

Sponsors of the 2017 River Sweep include Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Exelon Generation and Central Maryland Chapter of Delta Waterfowl.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a linkage between natural, historic and cultural resources. This linkage is a series of land and water recreational trails that weave the past into the future while promoting an understanding and appreciation for the character of the region. The trail system also has been designated a priority segment of both the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. For more information about Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, visit

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