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Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Scott’s Run

Volunteers Needed to Clean Up Scott's Run

Natural Preserve Stressed by Visitors’ Bad Habits

This park needs a little love.

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) has scheduled two watershed cleanups this month for Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in McLean, Virginia. FCPA is looking for volunteers to help a park befouled by careless visitors.

The first cleanup will be held this Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second is scheduled for Monday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Both cleanups will be limited to 25 people because of parking limitations at the site.

To volunteer for one of the cleanup sessions, call Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018 or contact Julie Gurnee by email at Julie.Gurnee@fairfaxcounty.gov. Staff from nearby Riverbend Park will lead these cleanup efforts.

A third cleanup during the month already has a full roster of 25 people thanks to volunteers from the accounting firm BDO.

Scott’s Run has recently suffered from an assault of carelessness and dangerous activity. Illegal drinking and swimming has left sections of the park trashed and has damaged the creek’s fragile streambed. Park Authority officials have been reminding people that the waters of Scott’s Run are subject to pollution of runoff upstream from the park and that water levels can rise to dangerous levels quickly when there is rain upstream. People have been rescued from life-threatening circumstances in and near the park when they ignored warnings about the speed at which the waters rise.

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is located along the Potomac River at 7400 Georgetown Pike in McLean, VA. For more information contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662.

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