Volunteers Needed to Clean the Occoquan River – the water supply for most of Eastern Prince William & Fairfax Counties
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain date April 28, 2017), Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), a 501(c)3 organization, is conducting its 9th 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 (www.fergusonfoundation.org) 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. During last year’s clean-up, 225 volunteers (70 on-water) pulled 405 bags, 26 tires and 4 barrels out of the Occoquan River and this year we hope to get more help to remove even more!
PWTSC needs experienced kayakers, canoeists, jon boaters, and pontoon boaters to sign up for this major on-the-water conservation effort. Some kayaks and canoes will be available for loan provided by Penguin Paddling (at Hooes Run) and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department (at Lake Ridge Marina). Contact Ed Dandar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-791-6158 for more information.
Click here to register for the cleanup on the water.
There will also be some opportunities for volunteers to cleanup on land, at storm water facilities and a few other sites. Click here to register for the cleanup on land.
More information will be posted soon, including a list of access points, and a link for volunteers to register for the event.