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Trail Workday at Neabsco Park & Metz Wetlands – July 21, 2018

Join us as we continue work on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail on Saturday, July 21, 2018 (9:00 am).   (Register here ). We’ll be working on projects at Metz Wetlands, which will be the access point (south end) for the new boardwalk across Neabsco Creek.  Construction of the boardwalk started at Rippon Landing Park, is proceeding across Neabsco Creek, and is close to reaching Metz Wetlands.  The boardwalk, which is part of the Potomac Heritage Scenic Trail, will be completed later this year.  On July 21, we will be working with the PWC Parks Dept on trail improvements at Metz Wetlands, including:

• Construct new access trail from the gravel lot (Neabsco Eagles Park) into the Neabsco Creek Wetland Preserve Trail System
• Trimming / clearing of the trails in Metz
• Trash Cleanup

The meeting point for volunteers will be the parking lot in Neabso Eagles Park, 15801 Neabsco Rd, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191

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Trail signs installed in Lake Ridge on the Occoquan Greenway Trail

On April 28, 2018 volunteers installed sign posts and trail signs in Lake Ridge on the Occoquan Greenway Trail.  Nine sign posts were installed along the trail from Lake Ridge Park over to Mohican Road, at trail entrance points and at turns.  Each post has the Occoquan Greenway Trail logo, the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association logo, and directional arrows to guide hikers.

Thanks to the PWC Parks Dept for providing the posts and signs, and to the volunteers who worked to make the trail more user-friendly.

2018 Occoquan River and Adjacent Areas Clean-up Results

On the weekend of April 21, 2018, volunteers removed debris along a 25 mile stretch of the Occoquan River from below the Lake Jackson Dam passing five put-in/take-out sites, including Riverview Estates HOA, Occoquan Forest HOA, Canon Bluff HOA, Lake Ridge Marina Hooes Run and adjacent neighborhoods, and a ¼ mile of Broad Run.  The cleanup also included five County storm pond areas. Over 273 Volunteers (76 on-water) collected 392 trash bags, 59 tires and 10-50 gallon barrels. Volunteers cleaned up debris on the water, land or assisted in moving the debris on shore to waiting trucks or dumpsters.

The Clean-up was a collaborative effort that involved members of the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department, Public Works, Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition, the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, Fairfax Water Authority, Izzak Walton League, and three other Home Owners Associations: Bradley Forest Recreation Association, Belmont Bay Neighborhood, Devils Reach Road Condo Association, and Dunbarton HOA.

Individuals from other supporting organizations or businesses included George Mason University students, Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization, Penguin Paddling, American Nepal Society, Boy Scout Troop 43, Scout Cub Pack 1831, Prince William Rowing Club, Lake Ridge Middle School, Parkside Middle School, and the Lake Ridge Community. Some volunteers came from neighboring Counties.

Coordination was made with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for plastic bags and gloves who sponsored the Chesapeake Water Shed Clean-up effort.