fRIENDS OF THE OCCOQUAN VOLUNTEERS MADE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE!
FOTO 2018 Spring Cleanup of the Occoquan River
It couldn't have been better weather to bring out 202 faithful volunteers to aid FOTO clean up at Bull Run Marina, Fountainhead Marina, Lake Ridge Marina and the Town of Occoquan. We are grateful and thank each and every one of the volunteers who came out in full force: Cub Scouts 108, BS Troops 1369 & 295, Woodbridge HS JROTC cadets, SEV1Tech, American Water Company, Jenna Connor Harris with her Lake Ridge Middle School student's green club, Manassas Rotary and Optimist Clubs, Glenn Richman with his platoon boat, Duane DeBruyne with his Braddock Crew Boosters, NOVA Geocachers and the many families who relieved the river of 112 large bags of trash, 59 bags of recyclables, 4 tires, with rims, 2 car bumpers, Oil drum, 3 empty cans and 4 buckets, 3 long plastic pipes, 2 metal pipes, a rusted grill, 3 Amazon play stations, 4 trash bins, 2 plastic chairs, 2 pocket knives, 8 syringes, one pellet gun, prescription pill bottles and fishing rods and lines. Other groups who helped out with the upper Occoquan were the PR Trails and Stream Coalition and the Soil & Water Conservation District. Occoquan supervisor Ruth Anderson stopped at the sights to thank the participants.
The park managers at Bull Run, Fountain Head and Lake Ridge's Mike Tiller and big helper Chris provided FOTO with boats and disposed of the trash collected. Tony Rigolizzo from American Water made certain that no one went thirsty by contributing a large container of ice-cold drinking water. FOTO volunteers who manned the signup stations were, Linda Murray/Bull Run, Sonia Monson & Betty Vanegas/Fountainhead, Kimm Barry and Renate Vanegas/at Lake Ridge Marina and Julie Little/Town of Occoquan. Thanks to all you helped make this a successful event.
And at the same time, a group of hearty souls took on cleaning from the Lake Ridge Marina to Lake Jackson Dam!
The team cleaned a ¼ mile of Broad Run and a 25 mile stretch of the Occoquan River, plus 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 (3) Home Owners Associations; the Occoquan Watertrail League (OWL) (www.owlva.org ), Neabsco Action Alliance (www.neabscoalliance.org) KPWB, Keep Prince William Beautiful (www.keepprincewilliambeautiful.org) and several bordering Homeowners Associations, as well as the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority the Occoquan Watertrail League (OWL) (www.owlva.org ), Neabsco Action Alliance (www.neabscoalliance.org) KPWB, Keep Prince William Beautiful (www.keepprincewilliambeautiful.org) and several bordering Homeowners Associations, as well as the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority 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. Five-storm water ponds and four other land areas were also cleaned.
Upcoming Volunteer opportunities!
Saturday, April 28
Water Quality Monitoring- Young's Branch
Time: 10 am- 1.30pm
Location: Manassas Battlefield Park
Join this team of dedicated pioneer stream monitors of the Audubon Society in monitoring this beautiful historic stretch of the Young's Branch in the Bull Run Watershed. Spots are limited. RSVP to Stephanie Martin : email@example.com
Saturday, April 28
Silver Lake Cleanup and Haymarket Community
Time: 9am -11am
Location: 16198 Silver Lake Rd, Haymarket, VA 20169
Join the Haymarket Community and the Redeemed Heart Church for a big Community Cleanup event in the Haymarket.
To register for this Big Community event please visit: https://redeemedheartchurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/123506
For information about the cleanup event, Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: 571.229.7392
Saturday, May 5
Water Quality Monitoring- North Fork Broad Run in Gainesville
Time: 10 am- 12.30pm
Location: Links Pond Circle
For more information, contact: Waterquality@pwswcd.org
Saturday, May 12
2nd Phase: Stream Cleanup behind Costco Manassas Bull Run Plaza
Time: 9am-12 noon
Location: Stream Corridor behind Costco Manassas near Bull Run Shopping Center.
10651 Lomond Dr. Manassas VA. 20109
Join the Merrimac Farm Master Naturalists, "Friends of the Square" , Keep Prince William Beautiful and other County partners to keep this stream corridor clean.
"# Love where you live" - Join the Soil and Water District for more water quality awareness in PWC.
Volunteers needed. Great for student community service hours. Sign up!
To register and for more information contact: email@example.com or call 571-379-8213
Saturday, June 2
Water Quality Monitoring - Powells Creek, Woodbridge
Time: 10 am- 1pm
Parking location: Along 15601 Northgate Dr. Montclair, VA 22025
Join Buck Arvin and the Merrimac Master Naturalist Team in monitoring the Powells Creek in the Montclair area. Residents are welcome to come support the data collection of this stream and learn more about the water quality in their area.
For directions RSVP to Buck Arvin at firstname.lastname@example.org