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Mallows Bay Park Cleanup

It feels like Spring and we are pleased to announce the 4th annual clean up at Mallows Bay Park on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00a. Mallows Bay Park is located at 1440 Wilson Landing Rd, Nanjemoy, MD 20662. Additional information is available at This event is part of a larger activity - now in its 29th year - sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, which brings together literally thousands of volunteers at nearly 700 sites throughout the Potomac River watershed!

If you are able to join, please note that we want to get started as close to 8:00a as possible. Low tide is working in our favor again this year, so there should be more shoreline available for those who choose to walk as well as more of the ghost fleet visible above the water line. We encourage participation in any number of ways:

  • Walking the shoreline of Mallows Bay Park
  • On-water by bringing your own kayak/canoe or through a local outfitter ( who provides rental delivery and pick up

Additionally, there will be a few volunteers who have graciously agreed to bring a small skiff to help move a limited number of volunteers to shorelines adjacent to Mallows Bay Park - and to help retrieve bags of trash and recyclable materials.… NOTE - we would be very grateful for another super-volunteer or two with access to a skiff.

Whether you are walking the shore or paddling on-water, please prepare for an outdoor experience in every sense of the word. All participation is at your own risk. Weather conditions, water temperatures, and the natural environment all dictate the need for proper preparation and precautions … sunscreen and insect repellent, appropriate attire and closed toe shoes, and plenty of drinking water are a must. We will provide gloves and plenty of bags. For those who are interested, we are introducing a new opportunity to share the results of your efforts through the "Marine Debris Tracker" app which is available for download from Google Play or iTunes app stores (

On a related note, you may know that two other special events are occurring that focus on the ghost fleet. April 2017 is the Centennial anniversary of the US entry to World War I - for which the "ghost fleet" was built. Charles County (as well as MD and much of the Nation) will kickoff a year-long commemoration on April 21-23 ( Additionally, the ghost fleet is part of an area within the middle Potomac that is being considered as a potential NOAA National Marine Sanctuary with the objective of protecting the rich maritime history and culture of the area while helping to promote public access and tourism (

RSVPs for the clean up event on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00a are always greatly appreciated (number of people, mode of participation, etc), but not necessary. This event continues to be a lot of fun while doing something very meaningful for this special place along the Potomac.

To RSVP or for additional questions/information, please contact:

Sammy Orlando
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
240-460-1978 cell

About Mallows Bay

Mallows Bay is located 30 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland. It is a nationally-significant historic, cultural, and natural resource.

» Fact Sheet About Mallows Bay

The original nomination for the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary was submitted on behalf of nearly 100 community organizations by: Alice Ferguson Foundation; Atlantic Canoe and Kayak Company; Charles County Department of Tourism; Charles County Parks and Grounds; Chesapeake Conservancy; College of Southern Maryland; J.C. Parks Elementary School; Maryland Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society; Maryland Department of Commerce; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Maryland Historical Trust; Nanjemoy-Potomac Environmental Coalition; National Aquarium at Baltimore; The Nature Conservancy; Piscataway Conoy Confederacy and Sub-tribes, Inc.; Piscataway Creek Discovery Center; and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium.