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8th Annual Upper Occoquan River Clean-Up
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8th Annual Upper Occoquan River Clean-Up

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Occoquan River
Occoquan, Virginia 
United States
Contact: Ed Dandar

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Volunteers Needed to Clean Occoquan River – the water supply for most of Eastern Prince William & Fairfax Counties


On Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. (rain date April 29, 2017), Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition (PWTSC), a 501(c)3 organization, is conducting its 8th annual clean-up of the upper Occoquan River, 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 ( Potomac River Watershed Cleanup.


PWTSC is partnering with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District, Prince William County Parks, Recreation, Prince William County Public Works, and a number of  home owners associations, civic associations, businesses, and volunteer groups to accomplish this major 25+-mile river clean-up.  During last year’s clean-up, 156 volunteers pulled 204 bags and 25 tires out of the Occoquan River.  In addition to the on-water clean-up of the River, the Public Works Department wants us to clean a number of storm water ponds.  This year we hope to get more help to remove even more trash from the River and Ponds.


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 provided by Penguin Paddling (at Hooes Run) and the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department (at Lake Ridge Marina).  Please visit for more information and to register for this event or contact Ed Dandar at or 703-791-6158.