Time for Some Environmental Spring Cleaning!

Clean Fairfax Council and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District encourage Fairfax County residents and homeowner associations to coordinate a community clean up for spring!  Organized clean up days are a great way to meet your neighbors and improve your neighborhood at the same time.

During rainfall, trash from neighborhoods and streets washes into storm drains which channel runoff into the nearest creek. All Fairfax County creeks eventually flow into the Potomac River, our source of drinking water, and then the Chesapeake Bay. Picking up litter from your neighborhoods keeps it out of our waterways and away from wildlife.

Studies suggest that cleaning up a community helps it stay cleaner by discouraging future littering.  Clean neighborhoods usually show higher property values as well, and in some cases, less crime.

In addition, The Alice Ferguson Foundation is hosting the 23nd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup beginning in late March and continuing through late April. Since 1989, more than 50,000 residents from around the entire region have removed over 3 million tons of trash from our waterways, public lands and communities at this annual clean-up event. For more details and a complete list of event locations in Fairfax County and beyond, go to www.potomaccleanup.org

Free clean up supplies--such as trash and recycling bags and gloves--as well as tips on how to have a successful neighborhood clean up are available through Clean Fairfax Council (www.cleanfairfax.org).  Supplies can be picked up at the Council’s office or sent to your supervisor’s district office.

Contact Information:
Jennifer Cole, Executive Director Clean Fairfax Council
jen@cleanfairfax.org 703-324-5471, TTY 711

Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District 703-324-1422, TTY 711   

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