The High 5 Initiative schedules cleanups on the Elk River, North East River and the Susquehanna River below the Conowingo Dam once a month from April to September, starting the weekend following Earth Day.
In 2020, with the help of volunteers, The High 5 Initiative collected 6,980 pounds of trash from local rivers that are major tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay.
This is something the founders of The High 5 Initiative have always done. Whenever hiking or kayaking, they would take gloves and bags and cleanup along the way. The amount of trash left in our state parks is quite alarming. A great deal end up in our waterways.
If you are aware of any particular location that could use the attention of an organized group or would like to sponsor a community cleanup, click here.
If you are unable to participate in a cleanup, but would still like to help, click here.
The list of upcoming cleanups and information is located below.
Please do not attend if you have been sick, exposed to anyone who has been sick, or have visited any hot spots during the 2 weeks prior to the cleanup event. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be available. We will be following all state, local and CDC Guidelines.
Funding for The High 5 Cleanup Initiative is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The Community Engagement and Restoration Mini Grant that was applied for by and awarded to The High 5 Initiative will pay for the necessities to continue this program in 2021.