April 29 Upper Occoquan River Clean-up Results

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Provided by Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District

Troop 679 on-water at the Upper Occoquan Clean-up Day

The Upper Occoquan River clean-up held on April 29 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, four Homeowners Associations; the Occoquan Watertrail League (OWL) (owlva.org ), Neabsco Action Alliance (neabscoalliance.org) KPWB, Keep Prince William Beautiful (keepprincewilliambeautiful.org) and several bordering Homeowners Associations, as well as the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Bradley Forest Recreation Association, and Lake Jackson Citizens Association.  More than 225 volunteers (including 70 on-water) cleaned up debris on the water, land or assisted in moving the debris on shore to waiting trucks or dumpsters.

Individuals from other supporting organizations or businesses included George Mason University students, Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization, REI, Penguin Paddling, Girl Scout Troop 289, and Boy Scout Troop 670 that cleaned up a segment of Bull Run and the Occoquan River on a rainy April 22.  Other supporting organizations included Troop 1882, Troop 2882, American Nepal Society, Prince William Rowing Club, Habitat for Humanity, West Manassas Super Target, Devils Reach Condo Association for cleaning the County storm water drains and ponds.   Some volunteers came from neighboring counties.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation provided plastic bags and gloves and sponsored the Chesapeake Water Shed Clean-up effort.

Volunteers collected approximately 5000 pounds of trash from a three-mile section of Lake Jackson, Broad Run, and 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 and Hooes Run.

 

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