|The beautiful Anacostia River, April 7, 2011|
This year's featured cleanup site was Bladensburg Waterfront Park (a tremendous recreational resource in our corner of Prince George's County just a few minutes from Mount Rainier). After the cleanup we always hold a celebration featuring music, a cookout, and displays by community groups. New Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker was scheduled to speak during the celebration but showed up early in the morning in work clothes and spent several hours cleaning up the stream banks with our volunteers.
|Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker heading downriver with a boatload of volunteers|
I strongly believe that a healthy community requires both a healthy economy and a healthy environment, and that both are possible if we work together and put good policies in place. It's about the quality of life in our communities, and what we can do individually and together to make those communities thrive.