Volunteers Needed to Clean Occoquan River, the water supply for most of Eastern Prince William & Fairfax Counties
On Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain date September 18, 2021), Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), a 501(c)3 organization, is conducting its 12th 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). (see map below) This cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac River Watershed Cleanup (www.fergusonfoundation.org) and the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia (ICC) (http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/).
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 homeowner associations, civic associations, businesses, and volunteer groups to accomplish this major 25 +-mile river clean-up. During last year’s clean-up (2020), Over 109 Volunteers (57 on-water) (56 on-land) collected 130 trash bags, 7 tires and other items. Over 3,140 pounds of trash was collected. Volunteers cleaned up debris on the water, one storm water retention pond, and other land sites. Watch the PW Soil & Water Conservation District video on trash cleanups and water quality.
Homeowner associations, civic associations, and businesses are encouraged to come out to help in this effort. This year we hope to get more help!
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 by the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department at Lake Ridge Marina. For more information contact Ed Dandar (703-489-0269) [email protected] or Veronica Tangiri at [email protected] (571-379-7514)