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.