As part of the Occoquan cleanup on April 20, twenty volunteers worked from the LRPRA boat ramp on Hooes Run, paddling out to gather trash along the shore line, or walking the trail to clean up. Another eight volunteers gathered trash from a site further upstream, along Old Bridge Road. Thirty-five bags of trash, seven large dock floats, three tires and other items were collected at the boat ramp. Another twenty bags of trash were collected by the group working upstream, near Old Bridge Road. The bulk of the trash is plastic – bottles and other items. Thanks to the volunteers who worked to remove some of the plastic pollution from the reservoir and Occoquan watershed. More information with results from the other cleanup sites on the Occoquan will be added soon.
About 100 volunteers came out on Saturday morning to help with the trash cleanup along Neabsco Creek, near Neabsco Eagles Park and Metz Wetlands. Over 230 bags of trash were gathered, mostly plastic bottles that had been carried into the flood plain by storm water during heavy rains. Other items collected during the cleanup were: 22 tires, four fire extinguishers, plastic buckets, and a plastic barrel.
We wish to acknowledge and thank all who participated or supported this event:
- the volunteers who came out with friends, family members or just by themselves to help with the cleanup.
- employees of Sev1Tech for their community service
- the Prince William County Service Authority for opening their facility which allows easier access to the cleanup area.
- PWC Public Works for hauling the trash away
- and the PW Soil & Water Conservation District for publicizing the event and providing supplies.
Registration is now open for the 10th annual PWTSC clean-up of the upper Occoquan River.
To participate on the water using canoe, kayak, or jon boat, click here
To participate at a cleanup site on land, click here
On Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain date April 27, 2019), Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), a 501(c)3 organization, is conducting its 10th annual clean-up of the upper Occoquan River, from nine different sites along 25+ miles of the Occoquan River. The clean-up ranges from Cedar Run/Broad Run, through Lake Jackson, and from the base of Lake Jackson Dam to Hooes Run (south of Lake Ridge Marina). This cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.
PWTSC is partnering with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, Prince William County Parks and Recreation, Prince William County Public Works, and a number of home owners associations, civic associations, businesses, and volunteer groups to accomplish this major 25+-mile river clean-up.
Volunteers with canoes, kayaks or jon boats are especially needed to help with the annual cleanup on the water.