WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Region Enforces Cleanup, Cracks Down On Litter Laws

Play associated audio
The 24th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is expected to draw thousands of people this weekend.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michellekc/469323038/
The 24th annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is expected to draw thousands of people this weekend.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup this weekend. The 24th annual event coincides with the region's Litter Enforcement Month.

All month, the Maryland-National Capital Park police are stepping up enforcement of litter and illegal dumping laws. Violations in park areas can lead to a $100 fine, but violators may also be subject to state laws, which carry much stiffer penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, depending on the amount of litter dumped.

Saturday's river cleanup is coordinated by the Maryland-based Alice Ferguson Foundation and includes more than 300 different sites.

Last year, volunteers removed more than 450,000 pounds of trash during the cleanup. That included more than 26,000 plastic bags, 29,000 cigarette butts and 2,000 tires.

NPR

Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.
NPR

Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

For the third year in a row, the H-2A visa program is running behind. That's left farmers waiting for planters and pickers even as the harvest season is well underway.
NPR

Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth

He's beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.
NPR

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.