Volunteers Needed to Clean Occoquan River

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Provided by Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District

On Saturday, April 20, from 9:00 a. m. until 2:00 p. m., Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC) is conducting its ninth annual clean-up of the upper Occoquan River. The clean-up will be conducted from nine 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 (fergusonfoundation.org) Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Rain date for the clean-up is April 27.

PWTSC is partnering with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, Prince William County Parks and Recreation, Prince William County Public Works, and a number of home owners associations, civic associations, businesses, and volunteer groups to accomplish this 25+-mile river clean-up. During last year’s clean-up, 298 volunteers (76 on-water) pulled 410 bags, 59 tires and more (total 11,067 pounds) out of the Occoquan River. This year we hope to get more help!

PWTSC needs experienced kayakers, canoeists, jon boaters, and pontoon boaters to sign up for this major on-the-water conservation effort. Some kayaks and canoes will be available for loan and are provided by Penguin Paddling (at Hooes Run) and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department (at Lake Ridge Marina).

Please visit pwtsc.org for more information and to register for this event. Contact Bill McCarty at [email protected] or Veronica Tangiri at [email protected] (571-379-7514) for more information or to register.

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