For the past 30 years, Raritan Headwaters Association’s annual Stream Cleanup has mobilized thousands of volunteers to pick up hundreds of tons of litter from river and stream banks in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties.

This year’s Stream Cleanup was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but local residents can still help beautify the watershed region and improve stream health this spring by conducting their own neighborhood cleanups.

“For the month of May, we’re asking local residents to do their own informal cleanups,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, executive director. “People can pick up litter in parks, along streams, or even along their own neighborhood streets. Every little bit contributes toward a healthier environment!”

Those picking up litter can go to Raritan Headwaters’ website to fill out an online litter survey. The survey asks volunteers to describe the types of litter removed and where it was found. The survey form also allows volunteers to upload photos of themselves conducting cleanups.

Anyone who prefers not to pick up litter but still wants to help can report observations to Raritan Headwaters. The RHA webpage includes a link to report trash “hotspots” so that these areas can be targeted for future cleanups.

Those picking up litter should wear protective gloves and face masks, and respect social distancing by keeping at least six feet apart from others.

About Raritan Headwaters

Raritan Headwaters has been working since 1959 to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 300,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties and beyond to some 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas.

To learn more about Raritan Headwaters and its programs, please visit or call 908-234-1852.