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Monday, March 31, 2014

Volunteers needed to help clean up Accotink Creek

Some of the volunteers who helped clean up Accotink Creek in 2013. [Photo by Friends of Accotink Creek.]
The annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup takes place in April and May, and the Friends of Accotink Creek (FAC) are seeking volunteers to join the effort. Spending a spring day clearing out litter and making our streams a lot cleaner would be great activity for a civic association, school club, Scout group, or business.

The Potomac Watershed Cleanup, an annual project spearheaded by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, is aimed at cleaning up all the waterways in the D.C. region and beyond that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. The 2013 cleanup involved 14,586 volunteers, who collected 312 tons of trash.

FAC has scheduled 13 cleanups at various locations along Accotink Creek on April 5, 12, 19, and 26 and May 3. Several of these cleanups are in the Annandale area, including:
  • April 26, 3-5 p.m., at the Woodburn Road bridge,
  • May 3, 9-11 a.m., at the King Arthur Road bridge,
  • May 3, 12-2 p.m., at the Little River Turnpike bridge, and
  • May 3, 3-5 p.m., at the Braddock Road bridge.
During the 2013 cleanups, volunteers collected 66 bags of trash from just those four sites. At the Woodburn site, they removed 17 tires, a rusty engine block, a home mailbox, and a $10 bill.

The full schedule of Accotink Creek cleanups and directions to all sites is on the FAC website. FAC is also looking for people to host a cleanup project and register volunteers.

Also on May 3, Fairfax County is sponsoring Audrey Moore RECenter Beautification Day with cleanups, mulching, planting, and painting at Wakefield Park and the recreation center grounds, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Sheri Narayan, 703-324-9149.


  1. is there a minimum age for this activity? would it be appropriate for a 4yo, or too dangerous?

  2. Thanks for asking the same question I was going to ask. I have 3 & 5 yr old boys and would like to teach them environmental conservation. Can they attend?

  3. I don't think little ones would be a problem as long as you keep a close eye on them. They can help pick up trash while learning about nature and conservation.

  4. Yes you can bring youngster ones. I have.