Volunteers Needed for Potomac Watershed Cleanup March 17-April 14


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March 8, 2007

 Volunteers Needed for Potomac Watershed Cleanup March 17-April 14

Litter Needs to Be Removed From Dozens of Locations in Fairfax County

Volunteers and site captains are needed for the 19th annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup from Saturday, March 17, through Saturday, April 14. There are dozens of locations across Fairfax County’s stream valleys and parks where litter needs to be removed. The cleanups will be held rain or shine.

To see a partial list of sites and their scheduled cleanup dates, visit www.potomaccleanup.org/trash_initiative/rc_sites.html. Volunteers also can register online to work at one of these locations.

If you wish to become a site captain, volunteer at a site not listed online or prefer to sign up by phone, contact Dan Schwartz, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, at dan.schwartz@fairfaxcounty.gov, or 703-324-1422, TTY 711.

Site captains will get help in choosing and preparing a site, promoting the cleanup and finding volunteers. They also will be provided with all the necessary materials for the cleanup, including trash bags, gloves and sign-in sheets.

The Fairfax Watershed Network is partnering with the Alice Ferguson Foundation to coordinate cleanup activities in Fairfax County. The foundation started its cleanup campaign in 1989, and as result, more than 2.5 million pounds of trash have been removed from the Potomac watershed.

The network is comprised of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax County Park Authority, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Reston Association, Clean Fairfax Council and many other groups and individuals. 

Environmental protection is one of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' top priorities. In fact, watershed protection is specifically addressed in the board’s 20-year environmental agenda, which can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/eip.

This agenda calls for the implementation of new watershed management plans and stream protection strategies. Additional information about watershed planning is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/watersheds.

The board also demonstrated its commitment to water quality by dedicating one cent of real estate tax revenue in the fiscal year 2007 budget for stormwater program initiatives, including watershed planning and implementation.

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