In the early 1980s cleanup efforts began on the Brandywine and Red Clay Creeks. These first ventures involved volunteers, then mostly BVA (Brandywine Valley Association) and RCVA (Red Clay Valley Association) members, cleaning up roadside trash along the creek and pulling large items out of the streams. These annual clean-ups continue today under the merged organization, Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.
Brandywine Creek Cleanup
The Brandywine Clean up is typically held on the fourth Saturday of April at four sites in the Brandywine Creek Watershed in Chester and New Castle County. Over 150 volunteers report to four staging sites: Modena, Downingtown, Pocopson and Beaver Valley (DE) and clean litter from over 30 miles of roads, trails and stream banks.
Red Clay Valley Cleanup
The Red Clay Cleanup is an annual event on the last Saturday of March. The cleanup attracts hundreds of volunteers from local schools and community organizations to clean over 90 miles of roadsides in the Red Clay Creek Watershed in both Chester and New Castle Counties.