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Monday, September 2, 2013

Volunteers needed for Accotink Creek cleanups

Volunteers with some of the tires and trash taken out of local streams. (Photo from Friends of Accotink Creek.]
Community associations, nonprofits, employee groups, religious institutions, scout groups, students needing community service hours, and anyone who cares about having clean, healthy, litter-free waterways are encouraged to join the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, beginning next Saturday.

During last year’s Coastal Cleanup, a global campaign organized by the Ocean Conservancy, more than 500,000 volunteers removed 10 million pounds of trash from ocean beaches, rivers, and streams.

Here in Fairfax County, Friends of Accotink Creek (FAC) is spearheading a series of Saturday clean-up sessions on Accotink Creek during September and October. If you’d like to volunteer, either as an individual or part of a group, contact Philip Latasa.

Directions to the starting points for all these Accotink Creek cleanup sites are online. Here’s the schedule:  

September 7
Noon-2 p.m.—Little River Turnpike, Annandale
3 p.m.-5 p.m.—King Arthur Road, Annandale
At 10 a.m., join FAC on a hike at Wakefield Run and learn about human impacts on the watershed and the Wakefield Run restoration project. Meet in the parking lot at Audrey Moore RECenter by the tennis courts. 

September 21
9-11 a.m.—Fullerton Road, Newington
Noon-2 p.m.—Franconia-Springfield Parkway, Springfield
3-5 p.m.—Telegraph Road, Lorton

September 29
2-4 p.m.—Braddock Road, Annandale

October 12
9-11 a.m.—Pickett Road, Fairfax
Noon-2 p.m.—Barkley Drive, Fairfax  
3-5 p.m.—Woodburn Road, Annandale

October 19
9 a.m.-noon—Fall Watershed Clean-Up Day at Lake Accotink Park, Springfield

October 26
9-11 a.m.—Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax
Noon-2 p.m.—Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax
3-5 p.m.—Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

FAC needs people to step up as leaders to organize stream cleanups and other activities. Artists are invited to the join the effort, too. Create art from trash, support the cleanup with photography and videos, and submit “tales of the trash” stories inspired by the strange and unusual items found in the creek.

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