2006 Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

April 4, 2006

Volunteers Needed for the 2006 Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the Alice Ferguson Foundation, announces the 17th Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 8, 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: Trash Free by 2013!” and emphasizes the impact on the Potomac River from the streams that drain into it.  Trash left on sidewalks and streets finds its way into storm drains that dump the litter into nearby streams or into the Potomac River itself.

The largest regional event of its kind, the cleanup has engaged more than 35,000 volunteers and 250 partners since 1989, and removed more than 2.5 million pounds of trash from the Potomac Watershed. It will continue to provide a transforming experience that engages residents and community leaders to generate momentum for change

Trash bags and gloves will be provided to all volunteers, but participants are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, rakes or grabbers. Clothes and shoes may get dirty, so participants should wear old clothing that is weather appropriate and bring extra layers. If working near water, waterproof boots or waders may be helpful.

People or groups willing to organize a site in their neighborhood should 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 Alice Ferguson Foundation is a nonprofit education organization whose mission is to provide experiences that encourage connections between people, the natural environment, farming and the cultural heritage of the Potomac River Watershed leading to personal environmental responsibility.

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