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Highlights + Heroes: Rivers & Roads

Highlights + Heroes: Rivers & Roads

Greetings friends!

It’s almost December, which means I (along with the rest of the GreenWorks team) take a step back and reflect on exactly what’s been accomplished over the course of the past 12 months. And friends, this year has been next-level. But none of it would have happened without YOU!

We rely on folks like you to clean up rivers, plant trees, divert food and recyclables from the landfill, pledge to reduce your plastic consumption and make responsible consumer choices (and encourage your friends & neighbors to do the same) … we provide tools, knowledge and other support, butyou are the real change-makers.

So let’s reflect together — each week through December, we’ll share some of the highlights and heroes in each of our major programs. Read on for our first edition (Rivers & Roads), and then follow along weekly via email and social media to be truly inspired! 




Dawn Chávez

Executive Director


What is Rivers and Roads?

Passion Impact

In 2019, together with the help of over 3,100 passionate community members, we cleaned up 61 miles of rivers and creeks. (That’s roughly the distance from Asheville to Johnson City, TN or Greenville, SC.) On top of that, we removed litter from 30+ miles of roadsides, preventing it from ever reaching our local waterways.


The result? A whopping 70,270 pounds of trash collected, including 468 tires!


 And then there’s our Trash Trout, an innovative device that traps litter 24/7. Since our first installation on Mud Creek in 2017, we’ve been expanding to other creeks and tributaries — and we have plans for more. So far we’ve collected 4,830 lbs of trash, consisting mostly lightweight single-use plastic like styrofoam and straws.


** Sadly, one of our Trash Trouts has been out of commission after back-to-back flooding events. We’re committed to getting it back in as soon as possible, but we’ve had some challenges. If you’d like, you’ll have the chance to be a part of getting it back on the river this Giving Tuesday. Stay tuned! **

Meet Hero Ian Sprouse:


This August, Ian earned the honor of Eagle Scout when he worked with us to design, build and install a “Trash Trout Jr” on Town Branch in the RAD. This new device is 1/4 the size of our typical Trash Trout, making it perfect for smaller creeks. And for Ian’s Senior project at North Buncombe HS, he’s designing a new filter / net that will fit over stormwater outfalls to capture trash. Ian, our community is so grateful for your dedication and innovation!


Ian + crew installing the Trash Trout Jr.

Inspiration for Ian’s next creation

(example in current use in Australia)

Meet Hero Robin Allred:

Robin has been heading up an Adopt-A-Street group for ArtSpace Charter School — for almost 13 years!

“I have always hated seeing trash on the roadside and this program allows us to make a real difference. Every month we meet and folks of all ages come to help. We hope that by getting our students involved, we will instill a life-long commitment to serving their community in similar ways.

For me, it is just about making some small difference and to make our community one to be proud of.”  ~Robin Allred


A million thanks, Robin. You’re doing a double-service by picking up litter while working to inspire the next generation.


Pictured: Robin and her sweet furbabies

(taking a break from cleaning up trash!)


One of Robin’s recent trash hauls.


On the way to the landfill where it belongs!

Want to be a hero? Make a gift today and you’ll help to inspire, equip, and mobilize individuals and communities to do even more in 2020.

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