Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed

Watershed Cleanup Around American Legion Bridge
Cleanup Event

This Cleanup is part of the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

April 18, 2020, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The sixth year in a row we've been tackling this site. If you want to be put to work and feel as if you're making a difference, this is the place to come. The American Legion Bridge, the Beltway overpass above the Potomac River, is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to trash. Whatever you can think of -- joint compound buckets, ladders, bottles, car parts -- gets blown or thrown off into this area meaning it always needs help. It's not as bad as when I first started working here, but a reconnaissance trip on 3/6/2020 indicates there's plenty to keep us occupied. There is much natural beauty here to appreciate but be prepared for highway noise. We will meet in the parking lot at Lockhouse #10 on the C&O Canal then walk up to the bridge area. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have any questions about how to get to the site.
I'd also like to put a small group to work at the boat ramp at Lock 10 which appears to have been a historical bottle dump. There are shards of glass and ceramics that could be raked up.
Please note that students who participate WILL qualify for service hours -- just bring your form with you for me to sign. If it's raining (drizzle OK) the event will be called off.
The National Park Service wants me to get all volunteers to sign a volunteer service agreement form (I know, I hate the bureaucracy, too). Please print one out (see the following link) and bring it with you. Thanks!

American Legion Bridge

Site Type

River (Active since 2014)


County: Montgomery

State: Maryland

Zip: 20817

Nearest City: Bethesda

GPS Coordinates: 38.970683, -77.178961


Directions: Park at Lockhouse 10 on the Clara Barton Parkway. To access the parking lot (legally), one must drive west on the CB Parkway, outside the Beltway, then double back at Carderock and head eastbound until you see the parking lot on the right hand side. You can also take the Beltway and avoid this U-turn. People who are familiar with the area could park on 83rd Street or 83rd Place in Cabin John and walk over (crossing the Clara Barton Parkway). I have informed the National Park Service that we will be cleaning this area between the hours of 9 and noon on April 18th and have permission to park outside the marked area during that time (but NOT in the driveway to the lock house). Please e-mail me with any parking questions. We will meet in the parking lot, then walk west to the American Legion Bridge (Beltway) where there is ample work to be done.

Watershed Middle Potomac
Sub Watershed

Parking Capacity: 8

Restrooms are NOT available.

This site is NOT suitable for children under seven.

This site is NOT suitable for the elderly.

This site is NOT suitable for the disabled.

Notes & Special Issues


What To Expect


This site is open to the public

RSVP Not Required

Maximum Volunteers: 15

Contact Info.

Beth Rogers



Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty in. Bring heavy-duty gloves (not flimsy, disposable latex food-service-quality gloves). Trash bags and refreshments will be provided.