Occoquan River Clean-up planned for Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 25th Potomac River Watershed Clean-up Day

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Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition

Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition

Prince William, VA – Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition and the Prince William County Department of Parks & Recreation, in partnership local county agencies and non-profit groups, are sponsoring a clean-up of the upper Occoquan River, on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Clean-up of the Occoquan River will be part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation 25th Potomac River Watershed Clean-up Day (www.fergusonfoundation.org), and will cover the areas fromCedar Run/Broad Run to Lake Jackson, and from below Lake Jackson Dam to Lake Ridge Marina and Hooes Run.  Canoeists and Kayakers are urged to pre-register for this event.

PWTSC volunteers will launch canoeists/kayakers on the Prince William County side from below Lake Jackson Dam, Riverview Estates, and Canon Bluff HOAs, the Lake Ridge Marina and Hooes Run. These take-out and put-in points for canoeists and kayakers are also gathered trash drop-off points. Prince William County Parks & Recreation will provide canoe/kayak trailer shuttle service back to participants’ put-in point.  Volunteers from REI, (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) will be assisting in the clean-up. Experienced area Canoeists/Kayakers are needed at the put-in and drop off sites.

The Lake Jackson VFD and Lake Ridge OWL VFD will provide on-water emergency support. Participants will be provided with gloves, trash bags, bottled water and light snacks. Toilet facilities and dumpsters will be available at each put-in/drop off site. Carpooling is encouraged. Directions to various locations can be found on the PWTSC website www.pwtsc.org

For more information, please call Ed Dandar, PWTSC project officer, at 703-791-6158 or email at blueways@pwtsc.org.

Participating agencies and non-profits: The Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition, Prince William County Parks and Recreation, Public Works, the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, the Occoquan Watertrail League (OWL) (www.owlva.org ), several bordering Homeowners Associations, Neabsco Action Alliance, Keep Prince William Beautiful, REI, Prince William Izaak Walton League, Bradley Forest Recreation Association, and Lake Jackson Citizens Association.




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