Contributed by Prince William Trials & Streams Coalition
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 (rain date April 26, 2014) Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), a 501(c)3 organization, is conducting its 5th annual clean-up of the upper Occoquan River, from 9 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. Friends of the Occoquan (www.friendsoftheoccoquan.org) will also be holding a cleanup at different sections of the Occoquan River on April 12, 2014 (rain date April 13th).
PWTSC is working with a number of county offices, home owners associations, civic associations, businesses, and volunteer groups to accomplish this major 25-mile river clean-up. On the April 2013 cleanup, 115 volunteers pulled 5000 pounds of trash out of the Occoquan River and this year we hope to get more help to remove even more!
PWTSC is requesting experienced kayakers, canoeists and jon boaters to sign up for this major on-the-water conservation effort. We will have some kayaks and canoes available for loan – provided by Penguin Paddling (at Hooes Run) and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department (at Lake Ridge Marina). Please visit www.pwtsc.org for more information and to register for this event.
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