Park Authority Seeks Watershed Clean-Up Day Volunteers
Trash is everywhere these days. Plastic water bottles pile up near storm drains and behind fallen logs in our creeks. Old tires emerge from the depths as water levels decrease during dry summer months. Discarded plastic shopping bags crackle in the wind like flags as they cling to branches and fencing. All this debris flows through our stream valleys on the way to the Potomac River and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. It's up to local residents to stop this river of refuse, and Watershed Clean-Up Day is the time to do it.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is participating in the Potomac Watershed Cleanup this year from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 6 and March 16, 2013. Join individuals, students, families, scouts, and other community groups in helping to clear local waterways of litter and illegally dumped detritus. This is a great community service project and counts toward schoolrequired public service. Volunteers will be amazed and disgusted by the volume of trash they recover. From old mattresses and appliances, to cigarette butts and sports balls, litter can be found in abundance in our waterways. Now is the time to remove it.
Help is needed at the following sites.
Saturday, April 6
- Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 703-941-1065
- Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588
- Huntley Meadows Park, 703-768-2525
- Riverbend Park,703-759-9018
- Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-3464
Saturday, March 16
- Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013
Boots, old clothes, and gloves are recommended. Trash bags and appreciation are provided. Call the site to organize your efforts.