April 15, 2023 | 9am – 12pm

It only takes three hours to make a big impact.


Things to know before registering

Each participant must provide their name and contact information and agree to follow our safety protocols.

  • During registration you will be asked to agree to our Volunteer Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. A parent/guardian must agree to these documents for minors.
  • Please register by April 1 to guarantee supplies.
  • If you want to register more than 15 people please contact Zak Kircher directly.
  • Safety Protocols


How to register

  1. View Map below. Select a site close to where you live.
    Sites with these icons are open for registrations.
    Site with these  icons are full/reserved.
    Click on a blue icon to reveal details about the site. Click on “more info” to register. (view large map)
  2. On the registration page, fill out the form and select your site number. If you do not remember your site number go to the map and click on the site. On the top of the pop-up is the site number.
  3. If you have questions you may reach the Stream Cleanup Manager at streamcleanup@raritanheadwaters.org.

Be Prepared!

What to Bring

  • Reusable water bottle -stay hydrated!
  • RHA will not be providing snacks and drinks as we have in the past.
  • Trash pickers- if you got ’em bring ’em!
  • Work gloves – RHA provides gloves but you are welcome to bring and wear your own work gloves. (Fabric gloves with rubber palms work best.)
  • Change of shoes and a small towel in your car if you plan on going somewhere afterward.

What to Wear

No one is required to get into the stream.

The majority of litter is typically along the stream bank edges, access points, walking paths and parking areas.

  • This event is rain or shine, dress accordingly! (i.e. if it’s raining, wear a raincoat)
  • Please wear long sleeves, long pants to protect from tree branches, briars, ticks and other insects.
  • Sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet. (don’t be wearing those new white Gucci’s!)
  • Hats, sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended.
  • If weather, stream depth, stream flow and access is safe and you plan to enter the stream, come prepared with rubber boots or waders.


On the morning of the cleanup:

  • Arrive on time and check in with the site leader.
  • Listen to and follow all directions and safety protocols for the event.
  • The Site Leader will orient you to the site and explain the area to be cleaned up.
  • We will provide you with gloves, trash and recycling bags and a data collection card. (please feel free to bring your own work gloves)
  • Keep an accurate count of the amount and type of litter you pick up and record it on the provided data card.
  • When the stream cleanup is over, bring your litter bags and other debris to the designated drop off spot at your site.
  • Kids are welcome to participate in this service project with an adult.
  • Keep a close eye on your children throughout the event – their safety is paramount.

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Want to do more?

Want to be a sponsor? Contact Kate Arnao, Development Assistant at 908-234-1852 x319.
Sponsorship items:
$50 – Gloves, Pickers & Garbage Bags | $100 – Site Leader Supplies | $250 – Safety Equipment

Do you have a stream site that needs to be cleaned up?

We are always looking for new sites for our event. Your help is appreciated!

Look at all the fun we’ve had at past Stream Cleanups!