Volunteers Needed for 2005 Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Feb. 25, 2005


Volunteers Needed for the
2005 Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the Fairfax Watershed Network, a dedicated group of agencies and individuals that support and promote the improvement and protection of the county’s streams and watersheds, announce the 17th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup to be held April 2, from 9 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Volunteers are needed this year to help with a designated cleanup site or to organize a cleanup site in their neighborhoods.

This year’s theme is “Take Pride in Our Potomac: It Starts in Your Back Yard!” and emphasizes the impact on the Potomac River from the streams that drain into it. Trash left on our sidewalks and streets finds its way into storm drains that dump the litter into nearby streams or into the Potomac River itself.

Last year, over 3,600 volunteers across the region participated in the event and removed 162 tons of trash from 38 tributaries and shorelines of the Potomac River in three hours. In Reston alone, 121 volunteers helped remove 3.2 tons of trash from nearby streams and in Mason Neck, 20 miles of shoreline were cleaned of trash.

The Network’s goal for this year is to double the number of registered cleanup sites in the county and increase the number of volunteers. The cleanup, sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fosters environmentally responsible behavior, has grown steadily over the years. Since 1989, the foundation’s cleanup has removed more than 1,000 tons of trash from the Potomac River.

People or groups willing to organize a site in their neighborhood are urged to contact the cleanup coordinator, Wende Pearson, with the Alice Ferguson Foundation at 301-292-6665, TTY 711 or visit the Web site at www.PotomacCleanup.org for site locations in need of volunteers. The foundation provides free gloves and trash bags for the cleanup sites and coaches site leaders on how to organize their site.

 

 

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS

 


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