St. Mary’s County Museum Division Partners with Volunteers for Potomac River Clean Up

St. Mary’s College Cares volunteers collect trash along the shore of St. Clement’s Island State Park
St. Mary’s College Cares volunteers collect trash along the shore of St. Clement’s Island State Park, Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Government

On April 6, St. Mary’s County Museum Division of Parks and Recreation spearheaded the 25th Annual Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Watershed Clean Up.

The clean-up took place at the St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park. Integral to the effort were volunteers from the St. Mary’s College Cares program from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, employees from NuStar Energy, L.P. of Piney Point, and St. Clement’s Island Museum Junior Volunteers Sikoya Gordon and Sheyonna McClory.

Museum Division staff and volunteers combed the shore lines of the Potomac River along the St. Clement’s Island Museum riverfront, St. Clement’s Island State Park, Piney Point Lighthouse and Piney Point Creek. The effort netted many bags full of discarded beer cans, water bottles, grocery bags, tires, and wooden debris washed up on shore and more.

The effort supports the Alice Ferguson Foundations initiative to eradicate trash from the watershed and bring awareness that everyone should be responsible caretakers and custodians of a clean environment and of our natural resources.

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