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Saturday Potomac Cleanup with DC Surfrider

From: Philo C.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 4:04 PM

You need to have or rent your own watercraft - canoe, kayak, surfboard, etc.

Thompson's Boat Center rents - as does Jack's under the Key Bridge to Arlington from Georgetown.

17th annual Clean Water Paddle on the Potomac 
Saturday, September 17 
10 am to 2 pm 
Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom) 

We have a rescheduled date for our biggest activist event of the year! 

Come out to the river this Saturday for the 17th annual Clean Water Paddle on the Potomac, a fun demonstration of how clean water is vital--especially to surfers. Bring your surfboard, paddleboard, kayak, canoe, or otherwise nonmotorized floating jalopy and paddle with us from Thompson Boat Center to the Key Bridge. More than 100 people participated last year, creating quite the scene for spectators and passersby. Yes, it's a little wacky, being on a surfboard in the river. But we won't have clean oceans until we have clean rivers. 

The weather forecast looks cool but nice (sunny, 60s, flat :P) and our spirits are high! Refreshments for all participants. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent from Thompson's; SUPs are also available for rent from Jack's Boat House under the Key Bridge. We usually have extra surfboards on hand to borrow as well (as long as those folks with an extra bring them!). Because we are shifting seasons, be sure to bring warm clothes, if not a wetsuit for the paddle itself. 

Registration starts at 10; we get in the water a little after 11. On the way back, we'll stop at Roosevelt Island for a quick trash cleanup, so bring water shoes if you want to get deep in there. Volunteers from Rock Creek Conservancy will be assisting at the mouth of Rock Creek as well. (Saturday is also the International Coastal Cleanup, so your efforts will be part of this global effort to beautify our waterways!) 

The event is open to members and nonmembers, and people of all ages. Bring your friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Parents, we ask that you exercise good judgment and keep young kids with you in a kayak or canoe. Teens with swimming/surfing experience generally do just fine paddling on their own. The total distance is just under 2 miles. 

Don't want to get wet? We need several volunteers to stay on land, either at Thompson's or at Roosevelt Island. We'll need a couple of dockmasters, a photographer, someone to run our info booth, and a cleanup coordinator. If you're interested, e-mail us. 

We also would like to borrow some folding tables, if you have one to loan. 

Questions? More info, including an FAQ, is posted on our website. You can also e-mail us at [address removed].

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