Other Ways to Volunteer

Stream Clean-Ups

Littering and illegal dumping often result in unwanted trash and debris in our waterways. One way you can serve the community is by taking part in or planning a stream clean-up, which entails picking up litter and debris along the length of a stream either by foot or by boat. When participating in a large organized event, the organizer usually provides trash disposal. This can be especially important when collecting some of the heavy items you might find such as tires and appliances. Easier trash to pick up might be everyday items like plastic containers and aluminum cans. Consider your level of fitness and the terrain when deciding what activities you are able to handle.

Learn more about stream clean-ups and monitoring.

If you see someone throwing or dumping trash into a stream or drain, please contact your local environmental protection agencies, use our Water Reporter app to document the pollution, and/or contact your local Waterkeeper. Contact info can be found on our Report-a-Polluter page.

Tree or Native Plants Planting Days

Trees and native plants are important to the health of our waterways, as they help reduce stormwater runoff, improve air quality, reduce soil erosion, filter pollutants, provide habitat for wildlife like songbirds and pollinators, and help moderate temperature. 

Volunteers of all ages and abilities can participate in planting events. Please be sure to consider age and ability when offering to serve, as most planting events involve physical activity. Contact your local Waterkeeper, Soil and Water Conservation District or Keep America Beautiful affiliate for volunteer opportunities in your area.

If you are in the Baltimore area, you can volunteer Blue Water Baltimore’s native plant nursery and their community tree plantings.

And remember, with your service, you’ll be making a difference in the community and for our water resources!

Working with People

Remember that people are always needed to staff booths at community events, give presentations at schools and community groups, and more. Contact your local Waterkeeper, and ask what opportunities they might direct you to today.