BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Over the next few weeks, thousands of volunteers will come together across the state as Project Clean Stream kicks off in Maryland.

Monique Griego has more on how local students are getting involved this year.

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Students from the Friendship Preparatory Academy in Baltimore were up early Saturday morning. Their goal is to make a difference in the community, one trash bag at a time.

“You don’t want to walk around and see different types of trash,” said student Devron Dennis. “You want to do something about it.”

This weekend, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay kicks off its 2013 Project Clean Stream.

Over the next few weeks, these kids–along with thousands of other volunteers–will hit various sites around the state to remove trash from around the waterways and help protect the environment.

“The goal is to improve the water and protect the Chesapeake Bay,” said teacher Dara Davis.

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“We want to make it cleaner and look better. It doesn’t look good right now,” said student Ryheem Timmons.

The students plan to use the project as part of their National Wheelabarator Technologies entry.

“Each year, they give us a grant to work on a project to help the community,” Davis said.

The project asks kids to identify an environmental problem in their community and develop ways to fix it. They chose cleaner water.

“To clean the stream so fish and deer can have clean water to drink out of,” Harris said.

In addition to the project, these kids seem to also be learning a valuable lesson about how their actions can help and hurt the environment.

“It makes me feel good, helping the school and the community,” Harris said.

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Since it started 10 years ago, the Clean Stream project has 30,000 volunteers remove more than a million pounds of trash.