A volunteer picks up trash in a Raleigh stream to help reduce water pollution in our area.

Stream Cleanups

Volunteer with us in the fall and spring!

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Stream Cleanups Working in the Stream After the Cleanup

We host a stream cleanup in the spring and fall every year at different locations in Raleigh. These events are a great opportunity to participate in a one-time cleanup to get your feet wet and see if this volunteer program is right for you.

Volunteers remove thousands of pounds of trash from local streams. This is a great way to be a part of keeping our waterways clean and healthy in just a few hours.

Stream Cleanups

Help us clean and preserve Raleigh waterways by removing trash and other debris from our streams!

Upcoming Stream Cleanup

Join Raleigh Stormwater staff to help remove litter and trash from the stream at Southgate Park! The cleanup is Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Register for the cleanup today!

This event is in coordination with Regional Creek Week 2024.

Working in the Stream

Here's what you can expect: 

  1. You'll be removing trash from the stream.
  2. We'll collect and dispose of the trash for you after each cleanup.

Please wear outdoor attire and closed-toe shoes. It's recommended to dress in clothes that can get muddy, long pants, and boots.

Provided Volunteer Material 

  • Garbage bags
  • Gloves
  • Safety vest
  • Water

After the Cleanup

We appreciate the hard work that our volunteers put in during a cleanup. You may find items like - trash, tires, scooters, tents, dog kennels, toilets, and mattresses in the stream. 

The more litter we clean out from the stream - the healthier it will be. 

If this is something that you'd like to continue - take a look at our long-term volunteer opportunities.