225 volunteers came out last month to participate in the Upper Occoquan River Clean-up, along a 25 mile stretch of the Occoquan River.
The day-long effort led to the collection of “405 bags of trash, 26 tires, 4 barrels, 1 broken boat, 1 shopping cart, 1 ladder, 1 broken chair, 2 cabinet doors, 1 grill, 1 oil container, 1 large safety orange cone, 1 fiberglass bath tub liner, 1 cell phone, 1 cooler, 1 beach chair, 3 small bikes, 1 wood pallet, 1 wooden dock section, assorted odd wood pieces, backpack, soccer cleats, goalie gloves, basketball,” stated a release.
The cleanup was a project that was led by the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition, the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, four area HOAs, the Bradley Forest Recreation Association, and the Lake Jackson Citizens Association, according to a release.
“Volunteers collected approximately 5,000 pounds of trash, including 1 full small dumpster, 1 ½ full small dumpster, 1 large dumpster ¾ full, and 1 large dumpster ½ full,” stated a release.
More on the cleanup, from a release:
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 rainy 22 April. Other supporting organizations included; Troop 1882, Troop 2882, American Nepal Society, Prince William Rowing Club, PWC 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.
Coordination was made with the Alice Ferguson Foundation and American Rivers for plastic bags and gloves that sponsored the Chesapeake Water Shed Clean-up effort.
A combined preliminary summary of debris removed 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 (5) put-in/take-out sites, including Riverview Estates HOA, Occoquan Forest HOA, Canon Bluff HOA, Lake Ridge Marina and Hooes Run is reflected below.