Litter and Floatables

The Division of Energy and Environment (DEE) is committed to addressing problems associated with litter and floatables in the waterways of Frederick County. DEE organizes and conducts multiple annual watershed cleanups in order to combat Maryland's growing litter discharges that can affect our water quality.

Find out The Dirty Truth About Litter, and help us clean up our streams by participating in the events listed below!

Ongoing Events

Frederick County Adopt-A-Road Program

Frederick County offers an Adopt-A-Road program to local organizations to adopt sections of Frederick County roads for litter cleanup. The adoption lasts for two years, with an option to renew for two additional one year periods. More information can be found on the Adopt-A-Road page!


Watershed Cleanup Events     

Project Clean Stream

Every spring tens of thousands of volunteers come together to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods as part of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's annual Project Clean Stream - the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region!  Cleanups take place across the entire Chesapeake watershed, in all 6 Bay states an D.C., from March 1st to June 9th.

Register a cleanup site or find a site near you to volunteer!

Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the largest regional event of its kind, provides a transforming experience that engages residents and community leaders and generates momentum for change. The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has grown from a small shoreline cleanup at Piscataway National Park to a watershed wide network. What started as a few cleanup events along the Potomac River is now a regional event spanning Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Register a cleanup site or find a site near you to volunteer!

Contact Suzanne Cliber for more information.

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