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Brandywine River Clean Up at Shaw’s Bridge Park, West Chester, PA


Help Brandywine Conservancy clean up the Brandywine River, a major Delaware River tributary! The Brandywine Conservancy is currently seeking volunteers to assist with its 26th Annual Brandywine River Cleanup on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This annual event helps ensure cleaner water for more than 500,000 residents who rely on the Brandywine River as their primary source of drinking water—including those living in Coatesville and Downingtown, PA and the City of Wilmington, DE—and it also aids in providing a healthier habitat for wildlife and a safer environment for recreational activities. Since the event's inception, volunteers have removed more than 30 tons of trash from the banks of the Brandywine between Lenape and the Delaware state line.

For this year’s cleanup efforts, the Brandywine Conservancy has teamed up with East Bradford Township and West Bradford Township for a neighborhood collaboration that will encompass the banks of the Brandywine along Shaw’s Bridge Park and Brandywine Meadows Preserve Trail. Volunteers are advised to wear hats, long pants, heavy shoes or boots, and sunscreen. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Lunch at both locations will be offered for all volunteers following the cleanup at 12 p.m.

The river cleanups are located at Brandywine Meadows Preserve Trail (1355 Downingtown Pike, Downingtown, PA 19335) and Shaw’s Bridge Park (274 South Creek Road, West Chester, PA 19382). To volunteer at one of the cleanup locations, please contact Kaitlin LeRoy at or 610.388.8341. Online registration is also available. This event is appropriate for adults and children over the age of five.