Promotes safe and healthful enjoyment of the Washington, D.C. waterfront by individuals who choose to live, recreate or operate a business or organization at the Gangplank Liveaboard Community in Wharf Marina; and works for a clean, attractive and environmentally healthy marina, waterfront, and river system.
Many thanks to all who helped with the cleanup today! Final stats: 20 people participated via land and water to collect 22.75 bags of garbage and 10.5 bags of recycling, including 103 plastic shopping bags, 1134 cigarette butts, and 1 tire. Not to mention a lot of styrofoam food containers, plastic flatware, beer can/bottles, and plastic water bottles. Great work team! Special thanks to the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the trash bags and gloves, to John for organizing the site and compiling the data, to Kim and Eve for printing and posting fliers, and to Bill and Laura for the awesome trash-picking-up claw-thingies!
Check out our Flickr stream for photos from the cleanup:
Many people in the community took notice of our efforts, including the developer's marketing guru, Bob Rubenkonig, who sent us the following message:
"... thanks again for everything you and everyone from the live-aboard community at Gangplank did to ensure the sucess of the festival -- the light up was amazing! I can't even imagine what you all will pull off next year for the 100th Anniversary event."
We had so many amazing light displays that the judges were inspired to create runners up. In fact, we plan on making the contest much bigger next year for the 100th Anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We will definitely have more than one prize in the future, and may consider maintaining all of the following categories: