Alice Ferguson Foundation Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (TFPWI) MWCOG Meeting March 19, 2009 TRASH FREE BY 2013! Environmental Education on the Potomac View from the farmhouse/staff offices TRASH FREE BY 2013! Where is the Alice Ferguson Foundation? •Hard Bargain Farm – 330-acre education facility along the Potomac •Ten-miles south of Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Accokeek, Maryland – Prince Georges County TRASH FREE BY 2013! Potomac Watershed, DC, VA, MD, PA, WV TRASH FREE BY 2013! Results of 20th Potomac Watershed Cleanup Save the Date: April 4, 2009 • 392 Cleanup Sites • 12,000Volunteers • 285Tons • 124,000 +Recyclable Beverage Containers • 13,000 Plastic Bags • Top Brands: •7-11 •Budweiser •Coca-Cola/ Pepsi Congressman Steny Hoyer pitches in at the •McDonalds 18th Potomac Watershed Cleanup, April 8, 2006! TRASH FREE BY 2013! Annual Cleanups – 20-Year Grand Total 1989 to 2008 • 2,023Tons (4,531,520 lbs.) of trash • 62,000Volunteers • Hundreds of Partners in four states & DC TRASH FREE BY 2013! 21st Potomac Watershed Cleanup April 4, 2009 TRASH FREE BY 2013! After 20 Years of Cleanups… We Want a Trash Free Potomac! • We want out of the Trash Business! • Let’s get to the source (2005 – present)! TRASH FREE BY 2013! Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative How Do We Get to a Trash Free Potomac by 2013? The Anacostia is a major subwatershed. TRASH FREE BY 2013! Framework for Trash Free Initiative •Legislation – LITTER & LAWS “ANACOSTIA” •Regulation - TMDL •Education - PROACT •Enforcement - LEW •Market-based - TFPF TRASH FREE BY 2013! Elected Officials Sign Trash Treaty Over 100 committed to a Trash Free Potomac by 2013 TRASH FREE BY 2013! Bringing Attention to Trash! TRASH FREE BY 2013! “IT’s YOUR BACK YARD” ANACOSTIA POTOMAC TRASH FREE BY 2013! Thank You for Working Together and… …Taking Action for a Trash Free Potomac Watershed! TRASH FREE BY 2013! Contact AFF TBOWEN@fergusonfoundation.org www.fergusonfoundation.org 202-518-7415 TRASH FREE BY 2013!