Hope everyone is staying safe but looking for some outdoor exercise and environmental clean-up work. The Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (“PWTSC”) has conducted a clean-up of the Occoquan River and adjoining neighborhoods for the last 10 years. The Corona Virus cancelled the scheduled April effort. A phone call with the Prince William County Health Office on 5 August reflected that if participants wear masks and maintained the six foot distance standard we can conduct an on-water and adjoining neighborhoods clean-up. The clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain date September 19, 2020). PWTSC will provide coordination of county trash pickups from the different locations.
The clean-up will range from Cedar Run/Broad Run, through Lake Jackson, and from the base of Lake Jackson Dam to Hooes Run (south of Lake Ridge Marina) and the Town of Occoquan. Hooes Run, Lake Ridge Park ( setup/ landing) and Riverview Estates sites will have PWTSC Members support.
During last year’s clean-up (2019), over 205 volunteers (45 on-water) collected 241 trash bags, 9 tires and other items. Over 4495 pounds of trash was collected. But due to the virus this year, land volunteers are encouraged to cleanup nearby community waterways or ponds of their choice and are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distance.
Homeowners associations, civic associations, and businesses are encouraged to come out to help in this effort.
Experienced kayakers, canoeists, jon boaters, and pontoon boaters are also requested for the on-the-water portion of this conservation effort. Boaters will have to coordinate put-ins and pickups between themselves.
Interested participants should Register at http://www.pwtsc.org/2020/08/11th-annual-occoquan-river-cleanup-september-12-2020/
For any new information and cancellation updates visit: www.pwtsc.org.
Clean-up points of contact are Ed Dandar (email@example.com) or Veronica Tangiri at firstname.lastname@example.org (571-379-7514). For cleanup supplies, data sheets to report cleanup data, and to share pictures contact: email@example.com (571-379-7514).