Water Resources Protection in Prince William County

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Provided by Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District

Occoquan River Clean-up

Join Prince William Trials and Streams Coalition (PWTSC) and partners on Sept. 12 and Friends Of the Occoquan (FOTO) on Oct. 10 to promote water quality awareness in Prince William County.
The use of masks and social distancing are highly recommended.
The Occoquan River cleanup event on Sept. 12 by PWTSC will cover both on water and land (ponds and dry ponds areas). Join this effort to clean your nearby ponds and waterways and share your data with the District!
On Sept. 12, more than 25 miles of waterway will be covered by volunteers. They will start from Cider Run through Broad Run to the Occoquan River and Hooes Run. There will be several put-in and take-out locations. The Riverview Estates, Lake Ridge Park and Hooes Run sites will be supported by members of PWTSC.
The Belmont Bay Paddlers and Community will also be out on Sept. 12 in this cleanup effort in the Belmont Bay area.
During this event, the District is partnering with George Mason University for data on plastics (bottles and bags) in Prince William County waterways. To register for this event, please visit pwtsc.org.
map for river cleanup

District Partners with George Mason University

Volunteers under the District’s Adopt-A-Stream/Pond/River program have a passion to help make a difference in the community. In order to promote water quality and pollution awareness, they go out at least once a year to clean up an adopted waterway or pond(s).
Now is time to support water quality and pollution awareness in our community. The District and other partners in Prince William are engaing with George Mason University for a campaign on “Change of behavior in trash (plastic) management” across Prince William County.
Plastic pollution (micro-plastics) is fast destroying the aquatic habitat. The District is now collecting data on plastics (bottles and bags) during cleanup events. Residents are welcome to adopt any stretch of waterway or nearby pond and be part of this community campaign and study.
For more about the District’s Adopt-A-Stream/Pond/River program, visit pwswcd.org or contact waterquality@pwswcd.org.

More Upcoming Events

2020 Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC) Conference Sept. 21 and 22

This year’s VWMC Conference will be held using a virtual format through GoToWebinar. The program runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day, Sept. 21 and 22. Learn details on the Conferences webpage: vwmc.vwrrc.vt.edu/about/.

Occoquan River Cleanup – Friends Of the Occoquan (FOTO)

On Oct. 10, engage in cleaning the Occoquan River, a nearby stream or pond(s) while maintaining social distance. For more information, visit friendsoftheoccoquan.org.

 

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