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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) ( ), Neabsco Action Alliance ( KPWB, Keep Prince William Beautiful ( and several bordering Homeowners Associations, as well as the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority the Occoquan Watertrail League (OWL) ( ), Neabsco Action Alliance ( KPWB, Keep Prince William Beautiful ( 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 :


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:

For information about the cleanup event, Contact;

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:


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: 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



There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. ~Brooke Medicine Eagle 


To truly see improvement, every citizen of the Prince William County needs to commit and participate as caretakers of our part of this planet. We hope you will join us in our effort to bring the community together.  

When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir 


As we begin to nurture and protect one aspect of our natural world it helps to improve other parts of the environment. Improvements continue to build upon one another until we realize a real benefit to our community and the planet.   Read more about the difference volunteers are making in our community.   

Maintain and construct trails

  • Potomac Appalachian Trail Club works on trails in Prince William Forest Park and along the Appalachian Trail in the region.  Their website is  Click on Calendar of Activities for a list of projects, work trips and hikes. 
  • Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition - 703-785-5785 or visit the website. The coalition offers monthly volunteer opportunities on projects to help support trails and streams. It also offers fun family events along the many trails and streams in our community!
  • Prince William Park Authority - 703-792-7060 -
  • Adopt-A-Trail with the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy - 703-753-2631 or Take responsibility for one of the trails at the conservancy for the year. Your team of volunteers will keep the trail clear of fallen trees and branches pick up litter and notify the BRMC managers of any issues. 
Clean, Protect and Restore Streams, Roads and Public Areas
  • Adopt-a-stream cleanups coordinated by the Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District at 571-379-7514.
  • Stream monitoring program. Call 571-379-7514 for information.
  • Clean up along streams, roads and public areas.  Contact Keep Prince William Beautiful at

Special Note:  Please take special precautions when you find tanks, suspicious bottles/jars and oil/fluid spills when you are helping with a clean up.  Learn more about steps to take.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Start a Recycling Program at your school or business, call the Prince William County Public Works (Solid Waste Division) at 703-792-4670
  • Invite a guest speaker to share information about recycling at your next meeting, call Keep Prince William Beautiful (formerly Clean Community Council) at

Check out other opportunities online!  

  • Volunteer Prince William (Voluntary Action Center - a variety of opportunities and ideas) - 703-369-5292
  • National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day at Prince William Forest Park
    Volunteers are needed to spruce up the park buildings and trails. Come out ready to work and get your hands dirty to help protect this beautiful park! For details call 703-221-7181 or visit
  • Take part in organized events and programs to pick up litter, spruce up an area and remove trash from our community, visit    
  • Volunteer with Bull Run Mountains Conservancy - 703-753-2631 or
  • The Prince William Conservation Alliance offers families a variety of opportunities to explore Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area and other local natural areas. PWCA activities include family-friendly nature tours youth workshops wildlife surveys and a monthly speaker series on local nature. For more information call 703-499-4954 or check online at
  • Volunteer Opportunities to work with students or in the field with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District.  Call 571-379-7514, e-mail or visit


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