Air Force, Navy Work Together to Keep Waterfront Clean

Story Number: NNS100417-05Release Date: 4/17/2010 8:51:00 AM
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By Airman 1st Class Katherine Windish, 11th Wing Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Service and family members from both Naval District Washington (NDW) and Bolling Air Force Base worked together to clean up the Potomac River April 10 for the 22nd Annual Potomac Watershed Clean-Up, which started at the Capital Cove Marina in Washington, D.C.

The family-oriented community event was open to all military families and Department of Defense civilians.

"The Navy and Air Force worked together during the organization process that started back in February (2010)," said Olivia Hunter, NDW regional community service program manager. "We partnered up with community watershed programs for our cleanup and set up a website for volunteers to register."

More than 175 volunteers worked for a total of 525 hours to collect 4,000 pounds of trash over a span of 5.1 miles on the Potomac waterfront. Half the trash was able to be recycled at Bolling Air Force Base's recycling center. The event saved the community $10,126.

Volunteers were from throughout the National Capital Region, some even traveling from Baltimore. Volunteers were split into 10 teams and were responsible for clearing their designated sections along the waterfront.

"These kinds of projects expose the volunteerism that is inherent in both our services," said Capt. John Sears, Naval Support Activity Washington commanding officer. "The turnout is absolutely fantastic."

"There's a lot of trash that gets washed up on the river banks from both the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers," said Air Force 1st Lt. Julius Gamble Jr., project manager. "This project makes the waterfront a safer and cleaner place for our families, employees and wildlife."

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