Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed


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What is the difference between a site and an event?

Sites: Sites include the location and location details such as restroom availability and directions. It is important to note that a registered site does not get viewed by the public until it is linked to an event. Sites must be linked to an event.

    Example: If you lead a Cleanup every so often in the same place, you would register your site in the database one time. Each time you registered a new event (a cleanup), you would link it back to the site so that the information about the site is consistent.

Events: Events are what volunteers and community members view when looking for opportunities in the database. When registering an event you are able to put specific details including the date and the time that are unique to the occasion that you are hosting. Multiple events can be attached to the same site that you registered.

    Example:An event will populate on the map with a dot at the location of the event. When a volunteer clicks on the dot, all of the event details will appear, such as date and time.

What are the different event types?

Visible Trash Survey Monitoring:

Cleanup: A Cleanup is an event where volunteers pick up litter from a designated area. To host your own site you can find a location near you that needs to be cleaned, keeping in mind that it does not need to be near a body of water. Litter from parks and streets eventually end up in our water once it rains.

Workshop: Workshop events are talks, training, meetings, and summits that are related to solving the trash problem within the Potomac Watershed. Be sure to provide as much detail as you can when registering your workshop.

Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup: The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup has become a decisive catalyst for progress that ignites people throughout the watershed with the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s community spirit. The largest regional event of its kind, the Cleanup provides a transforming experience that engages citizens and community leaders and generates momentum for change. Cleanups registered in the database to be held in the month of April will automatically be included as part of the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.

What different volunteer opportunities are there?

Volunteering is also a great way to become of a part of the solution with the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. Explore our opportunities (each of these listed will link to AFF’s website in new page):

  • Participate in a Cleanup event
  • Host a Cleanup event
  • Participate in a workshop about waste reduction
  • Monitor a trash hotspot
  • Share litter prevention materials to create a Trash Free Community

How do I find a volunteer event near me?

Use the Map:

You can visually search for events near you by clicking on “Map” located in the upper blue menu. Click on the drop pins to learn about the event that is happening at the drop pin’s location.

Use the Advanced Search Function:

  • Click on “Search” located in the upper blue menu
  • You can select the criteria that you want to include in your search by checking the boxes next to the search item.
  • Best search results can be obtained by selecting at least two criteria.

To set up email notifications about upcoming events:

  • Fill out the “Advanced Search” form so that it represents the criteria for events you would like to receive notifications about.
  • After the form is filled out, click the orange “Create An Alert” button to the right.
  • Enter your email address and click subscribe. Once you are subscribed you will receive weekly notifications of any newly listed events that fit your search criteria.
  • You can only receive one alert at a time. If you wish to change your alert, just register a new search with the same email and it will automatically update.

How do I register an Event?

Events: Events are what volunteers and community members view when looking for opportunities in the database. When registering an event you are able to put specific details including the date and the time that are unique to the occasion that you are hosting. Multiple events can be attached to the same site that you registered.

    Example: If you host a cleanup at the same location every year, you will create a new event each year but you will link it to the original site you created. Similarly, each time you host a cleanup at a new site, you will have to create a site before you add the Cleanup event.

Instructions:

  • If you have not registered your site or are hosting an event at a new site please click on “Sites” on the top menu and register your site first.
  • If the event is happening at a site that you have used before, you can link the new event up to the same site and do not need to register the site again.
  • Click on “Create Event” and follow the directions to add an event. Make sure to select which type of event you are registering when prompted.
  • Once registered, your events will appear in the list below indicating they are registered. At this point your event will be visible to the public.
  • After your register, you have the ability to edit your event using the “update” button to make sure that your event has the most current and accurate information. You must be logged in to manage your events.
  • As a reminder, all cleanup events that are registered to take place in April will be included as part of the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.

How do I find GPS Coordinates for a Site I am registering?

All GPS coordinates must be reported in decimal degree format (ex. 38.932342, -77.053907)

To find coordinates using Map Quest:

  • Go to www.mapquest.com
  • Find the location of your site by typing in the address or using the zoom function.
  • Right click the map at the location of the site.
  • The approximate address and GPS coordinates will show up in a dialogue box.

To find coordinates using Google Maps:

  • Go to maps.google.com
  • Find the location of your site by typing in the address or using the zoom function.
  • Right click the map at the location of the site and a dialogue box will appear.
  • In the dialogue box, click “What's Here?”
  • A pin will drop revealing the coordinates of your site.

How do I find my site’s watershed?

To find your site's watershed, click on this map of sub watersheds within the Potomac Watershed.

How do I lead a Cleanup?

Please make sure to visit the site leader center in order to have a safe and effective cleanup.

How do I edit information for a site or event I have registered?

Once you have registered a site or an event, you are able to edit them when you are logged in.

To edit:

  • Click on the “update” button to the rights of the event or site you wish to edit (“update” button is in the “Actions” column).
  • Edit the information that you would like to be changed and remember to press “save” when you are finished.
  • If you decide that you do not want to edit you entry after clicking the “update” button, click “cancel” and no changes will be saved.

How do I report results from a Cleanup Event?

Once you are logged in, you can report results for your event.

  • Click on the “results” button to the right of the event you wish to report results for (“results” button is in the “Actions” column)
  • Fill in all of the information that is asked for in the results form
  • Remember to save your entry when you are finished and remember that you can edit your results at any time.

How do I view past results from events I hosted and reported?

View results from a specific event:

Once you are logged in, you can view results from past events you hosted by clicking on the “results” button to the right of the event you wish to see results for (“results” button is in the “Actions” column).

Compare all of your event results that are from the same site:

  • When viewing your site list, click on the “events” button to the right of the site you wish to see results from for (“events” button is in the “Actions” column).
  • A list of the events you hosted for that site will appear
  • Click on the “results” button to the right of the event you wish to see results for (“results” button is in the “Actions” column).

How do I get cleanup results from sites that are not my own?

Email potomaccleanup@fergusonfoundation.org to retrieve date from any cleanup.